SALE - 1749 (Douglas)

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas McYlrea of Liverpool, nephew to Ann Harrison of the city of Dublin wife of Thomas Harrison both lately deceased, with the full and free consent and assent of my wife Mary, diverse good causes us thereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the full and just sum of six pounds six shillings British to us already paid before the execution of these presents at, by and from the hands of Thomas Curlet of the town of Douglas, the receipt of which we hereby do acknowledge

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over and sold and do by these presents give, grant, bargain, pass over and forever absolutely sell from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the right, title, interest and property that we now have or hereafter may, might or could have of, in and under a certain house and garden suituate in the said town of Douglas joining to John Lewn’s on the south side, to Thomas Mylrea's on the north east and to the Common Street on the south east of the annual rent of one penny farthing or thereabouts unto him the said Thomas Curlet, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to have and to hold unto him the said Thomas Curlet, his executors, administrators and assigns the premises aforesaid together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, profits and advantages to the premises in any wise appertaining yielding and paying yearly and every year such rent as the premises bear with all other dues, duties, suits, boons, and services out of the premises at times usual and accustomed

And we the said Thomas Mylrea and Mary my wife do covenant, bargain and agree to and with him the said Thomas Curlet his executors, administrators and assigns and bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to uphold and warranty the premises and its appurtenances unto him the said Thomas Curlett, his executors, administrators and assigns against all and every person or persons claiming any right or title to the premises and likewise to do, perform and execute any other and further acts or things that in law shall or may be requisite or necessary for the suremaking and ascertaining thereof

And for the true and faithful performance hereof and of all and singular the covenants herein mentioned and in[.....]ed we the said Thomas Mylrea and Mary my wife do hereby bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in and under the penalty and forfeiture of twenty pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to law. As witness our hands this 13th September 1749. Thomas Mylrea, Mary Mylrea

Signed and delivered in presence of us William Curphey, John Moore

13th September 1749 Thomas McYlrea and Mary McYlrea acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be paid and satisfied the full consideration money therein mentioned. This before me, John Taubman

At a Sheading Court at Douglas holden the 9th of October 1751 The within and above Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Dan Mylrea, William Christian, John Taubman, John Quayle

[Ref SSS Oct 1749 #46]


  1. Ann Harrison was sister of Margaret McYlrea, the mother of Thomas Mylrea jnr in this contract. She appointed Thomas jnr (son of Thomas & Margaret) with Ann Curlett als Lewn (daughter of Robert Lewn) as co-administrators of her estate
  2. In 1748, a Thomas MULRAY sailor married a Mary Norton on 23rd February in the parish of St Nicholas, Liverpool, information that "fits" as belonging to Thomas McYlrea, the vendor of his aunt's Douglas property
  3. This sale is for the 1½d share in the 6d Lewn cottage in Douglas #112, a share that Ann Harrison had purchased in 1728 from her siblings Robert & Margaret after their sister Mariot had died
  4. Thomas jnr immediately sold his share from his aunt to the other administrator, Ann Corlet but he still had the major share of this cottage allotment in Douglas (4½d) from his mother's estate while Thomas Curlett and his wife now had a 1½d share
  5. It is noteworthy but probably not significant that the neighbours are the same as they were in 1728 although the relative locations of their properties is different. One neighbour, Thomas McYlrea, was the vendor's father and widower of Margaret Lewn. Evidence that Thomas snr married again is found in the ensuing 1753 Settlement from son to father, a few months after which Thomas snr (and Margaret Cowin) sold the property that had been settled on Thomas snr to Thomas Curlett
  6. In 1754, Thomas jnr gave his father half of the majority share inherited from his mother in 1753 and sold the other half to Paul Quirk who was probably Ann'Curlett's son-in-law/grandson-in-law. There is no surviving document for the sale to Quirk although land records list his tenancy in Liber Assendationis in the ealry 1760s. Thomas Mylrea jnr was never recorded on the island again
  7. The 1728 sale of the 1½d of cottage #112 was for £16, and Thomas's 1849 sale to Curlett of the same share was for £6/6/- which is not quite half of the value of the first sale but then Thomas was only selling his half of the 1½d share
  8. Mapping by Nigel Crowe shows that this cottage allotment #112 was on Barrack St, with neighbours in 1705 Richard Killey (and Jane Mc ylrea), Robert Joyner (and Margaret Mc ylrea), Philip Higgin (and Jane Mc ylrea) and Thomas Mylroi

Associated Documents

Last updated: Apr 2020
Untitled Document