SWAP - 1683 (Ballaugh)

April 25th 1683

Whereas we Capt William Maclera and John Crinnilt both of the parish of Ballaugh within the Isle of Man do hold in tenure and lease under our honourable Lord certain parcels of land whereof by reason of the remoteness and distance we can reap little or no advantage and for as much as the said parcels of land by reason of the situation lies nearer unto the one of the said parties than the other that is to say the said Capt William McLeara’s land adjoining unto the said John Crinnilt's tenement and Crinnilt's unto the said Captain's

Know all men therefore whom it may concern that upon the reasons aforesaid and for more conveniency and commodiousness unto us the said parties for the future we have intended and unanimously agreed upon with the consent of all parties concerned to make an exchange of both parcels the one unto the other and for the better satisfaction the said parcels stand already marked and limited the one bearing the name of the Old Ground whereof the said Crinnilt is to have his limited parcel and the other parcel is commonly known by the name of the White Nook which the said Capt is to have and further it is agreed upon by us the said parties that if one or either of us shall hereafter make sale or a mortgage of either of the said parcels of land that then the other party is to have ......... thereof before another and further we bind ourselves our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to uphold, awarrant and maintain the same unto either the other our heirs or assigns against the pretended title or interest of any manner of persons any way claiming right thereunto and for the performance of all singular the premises the said persons have bound themselves in the penalty and forfeiture of twenty pounds good and lawful monies of England half ..... ...... ..... and the other half to the party aggrieved And for better demonstration we have set to the presents our hands and marks the day and year above written. William McLera his mark X, John Crinnilt his mark X, Kath Crinnilt her mark X, Dan Mcylrea

Note that there is no change made of the rent but every of the said parties bears his own rent as formerly

Signed and delivered in presence of ...... Kewin X, ...... Crinnilt X, ..... Curphey X

The above William McYlrea and John Crinnilt came this day in Court and acknowledged the Bargain of Exchange to be their act and deed and as far as it concerns them, it is approved of and confirmed according to the statute and ..... .... that behalf and .... that by us R.Heywood, Thomas Norris, Thomas Norris jnr, Thomas Fletcher

[Ref: LibCanc MS 10071/5/12 (1687/1689) Ballaugh 1687 #49]


  1. John Corraige had, in 1655, sold the White Nook to Wm Crenilt (3d double rent) [LibCanc MSS10071/5/7 (1656) Ballaugh 1656 #55]
  2. William was the son of Jon, and baptised 1627 “William McYlrea, son of John de Dollough, baptized the 11th of November, 1627” [Ballaugh Register Book of Baptisms]
  3. As the oldest son, William inherited the Mylrea estate known as the Dollough (Dollough moar & Dollough beg); composed for 1643 but already recorded in 1593 as held by Donnold Mcylrea
  4. Family “estate” dates back to a considerably earlier time - at least 1511/1515 [Manorial Roll: “From the wife of John Gilrea with Donald, son, for 1 tenement and half of a quarter of land 1s. And for a 4th part of one quarter of land 5/- demised to them 16s" & “From amercements of tenants for the Lord’s closes, viz. the wife of John McGilrea 6d.”
  5. When James 7th earl of Derby altered land tenure arrangements in order to raise money for his efforts in the English Civil War, the Dollough estate was affected. It had to be composed for, and Thomas Cowley did so on William’s behalf, an indication that William's father (John de Dollough) had died, and that William was underage and not entitled to compose for was his inheritance. This Thomas Cowley might have been the husband of Jane, William’s older sister or more likely, an aunt
  6. William McYlrea married Ann Christian in 1645 in Jurby when he was about 18 years of age
  7. Sons Daniel (1655), Thomas (1662), William (1667), Robert (1670) alive at time of William's death
  8. No mention of daughters (but wife’s will mentions three - Margaret 1646?, Jane 1647, Ann 1650
  9. Several others baptised as children of William's but evidently did no survive
  10. William’s wife Ann was the daughter of Do [Donald/Daniel?] Christian, also baptised 1627, and with brothers Thomas, Robert, Patrick, Andrew, and sisters Bahee, Margaret. Ann's family might have had connections with the “Illiam Dhone” Christians?
  11. Children:
    • Daniel married Margaret Curlett als Parr
    • Thomas – did he marry Margaret Tear in Jurby?
    • William - did he marry Ann Kneen and then Eleanor Quayle in Ballaugh?
    • Robert , the youngest, got the use of a family meadow in Jurby but only until he died – no evidence of him other than parents’ wills
    • Margaret - did she marry xxx Christian? – Bride
    • Jane married Jon Cannell - Michael
    • Ann married John Bridson - Malew
  12. William was the parish Captain of Ballaugh
  13. Also see [LibCanc 1676 #144] John Corraige + son to Capt Wm Mvlrea a sale of a part of a Qr land called Bpaley woar & Shen Tallow of 20d rent. The part of Shen Tallow not arable to be in the sd Corraige's possession & disposal

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