WILLIAM MYLREA to Thomas Cowle

SALE - 1816 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that I William Mylrea of the parish of Ballaugh by and with the consent of Ellinor Mylrea otherwise Caine my wife divers good causes and reasons me hereunto moving but chiefly and more especially for and in consideration of the sum of eleven pounds and five shillings of good and lawful money according to the currency of Great Britain paid or secured to be paid unto me at, by and from the hands of Thomas Cowle of Ballaugh aforesaid, blacksmith

Have given, granted, bargained, aliened, confirmed and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, alien, confirm and forever absolutely sell unto the said Thomas Cowle all and singular that and those our premises an enclosure of land of a long square of a part of our Flatt commonly known by the name of Nicholas Mylrea’s Flatt to measure forty yards according to the Manx measure, from the boundary hedge or fence between the said Flatt and the lands of William Christery of Ballacorraige northward, adjoining the church high road on the east or front of the said high road and the distance of fifteen yards according to the Manks measure westward to the said boundary hedge or fence between the said Flatt and Christery of Ballacorraige aforesaid and thence northwards the said distance of forty yards of the measure aforesaid and from the extremity of the said forty yards the distance of fifteen yards according to the Manks measure aforesaid eastward to the said high road in the clear? forming a long square of forty yards in the front, by fifteen yards backwards in the form or manner before recited

To have and to hold unto the said Thomas Cowle, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns the before described and mentioned premises with all and every its ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining forever as aforesaid, commencing from the day of the date hereof, he the said purchaser yielding and paying the annual Chief Rent of the premises such as the Setting Quest shall adjust thereon and I the said William Mylrea and Ellinor Mylrea my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to awarrant, maintain and defend the said premises and its appurtenances in the peaceable and uninterrupted possession and enjoyment of the said Thomas Cowle, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns against the challenge, claim and demand of all persons whomsoever, anything to the contrary notwithstanding

And for the faithful performance hereof I the said William Mylrea and Ellinor Mylrea otherwise Caine my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, administrators and assigns in the penalty of twenty-two pounds and ten shillings of the like currency to be levied and paid according to law

As witness our subscription this fifth day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixteen 1816. William Mylrea, Ellinor Mylrea my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of Dan Stephen, John Cowle

At Ballaugh 12th December 1816 Ellinor Mylrea one of the executing parties to the foregoing Deed of Sale acknowledged the same to be her proper act and deed and Daniel Stephen one of the witnesses to the execution of the same made oath that William Mylrea the other party to the Deed duly signed and acknowledged the same to be his proper act and deed in the presence of the deponent John Cowle another subscribing witness to the Deed. Before me Hugh Clucas

We the Setting Quest of Ballaugh do settle and proportion on the premises mentioned in the beforegoing Deed of Sale to yield and pay the yearly Lord’s Rent of two pence Quarterland rent. As witness our subscriptions this fifteenth day of April 1819. John Caine, John Teare, William Cowley, John Caley

At a Court Baron holden at KK Michael the 15th day of April 1819 The before written Deed having been proved before a High Bailiff and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore ordered to be recorded. J. McHutchin

[Ref: NSS May 1819 #4]


  1. Maybe the £200 mortgage that William took in 1810 was too great a financial burden, and so he was obliged to sell a small piece of the family estate in 1816 to get some breathing space. He sold another small piece the next month, for a total value of both sales was £21/15/-
  2. By October, William was dead, drowned on 23rd October off Andreas, along with his younger, newly-married brother, James
  3. William left behind his wife Ellinor, and five children - William (b1812), Ann (b1807), Jane (b1809?), Elinor (b1811) and Margaret (b1813). Another child John was born 1817 after his father had died
  4. William's widow Ellinor took another mortgage with Thomas Kelly for £25 in 1821 against her share of the estate, which she would have inherited on William's death, and some years later the guardians of William jnr took a mortgage for £284 with Thomas Kelly, presumably to consolidate the debt over Ballacorraige and hopefully save the estate for William's son, William jnr
  5. The estate was sold, probably in the 1830s, to settle outstanding debts and there is no evidence of what might have happened to this Mylrea family

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