SETTLEMENT - 1781 (Lonan)

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Quark, mason, of the Crogage in the parish of KK Lonan for the affection I have and do bear towards my brother-in-law William Mylroie of the aforesaid parish and Ann Mylroie als Quark his wife

Have given, granted, confirmed and settled and by these presents do give, grant, confirm and settle upon my said brother and sister William Mylroie and Ann his wife a certain house which he the said William Mylroie has built upon my lands by the road that leads from Laxey to Gretch in the lower end of the premises I lately purchased from Captain John Oates of KK Conchan, commonly called Largy Volley Quark situate in the aforesaid parish

To have and to hold unto them the said William Mylroie and Ann his wife the aforesaid house with all its appurtenances during their lifetime and after their decease to be possessed by the lawful issue of said William Mylroie begotten with my sister Ann Mylroie in a lineal succession upon paying me and my heirs and assigns a yearly rent of one penny, and in failure of such yearly rent to be paid by their lawful issue that then the right of said house is to return to me and my heirs as our own proper title forever

For performance hereof I the said Thomas Quark do firmly bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns and under the penalty of thirty pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to law

As witness my subscription this 3rd December 1781. Thomas Quark

Witnesses present James Scarffe, James Kelly

18th November 1786 James Scarffe and James Kelly made oath that they were by and present when Thomas Quark … signed the foregoing Deed of Gift. Before me John Cosnahan

At a Court Baron holden at Douglas for the parishes of Maughold, Lonan and Conchan the 10th day of May 1787 the before written Deed of Gift or Settlement being acknowledged before the High Bailiff of Douglas and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it, the same is therefore allowed of, for and in the name and behalf of the most noble John Duke of Athol, Earl Strange, Lord of Mann and the Isles etc and confirmed by this Court. P. J. Heywood

Ref: N/SSS May 1787 #50


  1. ALL COLBY - Ballacallister
  2. William was the second surviving son of John Mylroie & Margaret Clague, baptised in Lonan in 1754
  3. He married Ann Quark in 1781 and the couple had two daughters, Margaret (1783) & Ann (1785)
  4. William died in 1787, only 33 years old
  5. The following year, Thomas Quine would gift another house to William which sounds to be close to the one mentioned in the current contract
  6. His father-in-law would in 1785 grant William tenancy of the garden adjoining the house mentioned in this contract
  7. Nothing survivies to indicate how William made a living but with a house and garden (rather than Intack or quarterland), he was most likely a resident of Laxey village
  8. Daughters Margaret might have married Edmund Clark in 1801 and Ann, John Corlett 1807 in Lonan
  9. William Mylroie died in 1787, but his wife Ann was still alive when her mother died in 1807. Could she have married John Corlett in 1807?
  10. Lonan parish registers from the early 1700s are far from complete so extreme caution must be exercised when attempting to draw conclusions about these families and their relationships

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1786 A 1 QUARK Thomas [bur Lon 17860224] Croft Quark; sist Margt; sibs John + Anne; mo Alice w/o Wm

1805-1 E QUARK William d 23 Mar 1804; son John had settl; dau Ann + Margt

1808 A 1 QUARK Alice dated 20 Nov 1807; dau Ann exex

Last updated: May 2020