WILLIAM CAIN et al to Rev. Henry Corlett et al

SALE - 1758 (German)

Know all men by these presents that I William Cain of the Voany with the consent of Isabel Cain als Mylrea, my wife, and of Jane Mylrea als Karran all in KK German to manifest the regard and affection that I have for the place of my residence and for all the inhabitants of that neighbourhood and to promote so far as in me lies the temporal and eternal welfare of them and their posterity by being in some measure instrumental in the erection and establishment of an English school in that part of the parish for the education of the present, rising and future generations and for and in consideration of the sum of two pounds lawful money of this Isle to me in hand paid by the Reverend Henry Corlett, vicar, and the present church wardens of the said parish the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge have given, granted, bargained, transferred, assigned, confirmed and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, transfer, assign, confirm and forever absolutely sell the right, title, property and interest that I now have, or hereafter may, can or ought to have in and unto the said Rev. Henry Corlett and wardens and their successors viz that part of parcel of my estate or tenement in the Voaney aforesaid heretofor marked for the purposes hereafter mentioned and bounded by the new high road which leads from St John’s chapel to KK Michael on the west and north-west to my own rent on the east and to Hugh Shimin’s rent on the south side with all and singular the ways, waters, watercourses, liberties, easements, privileges, profits, advantages and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining to the intent and end of that a school house and other conveniences may be erected thereon for the accommodation of a master to instruct the youth in that part of the parish in useful learning and good manners, to have and to hold the premises aforesaid unto the said Rev. Henry Corlett and his successors, vicar of the said parish, and the said present wardens and their successors in office in trust and for the purposes aforesaid, they yielding and paying yearly and every year such annual Lord’s Rent as the Setting Quest shall proportion thereon with all dues and duties incumbent on the same, reserving to myself and heirs forever liberty to make use of a spring of water in one side of the premises and a road whereon to lead a beast or beasts thereto and providing that the occupier of or dweller on the said premises shall not be at liberty to impound cattle, horses or any other beast trespassing or to prosecute any person or persons for recovery of loss or damage sustained from trespassing on the premises till or before sufficient lawful fences have been made about the same and providing also in case of the vacancy of the said school and inoccupancy of the premises that I and my heirs shall have the benefit and use of the same till the said vacancy shall be supplied by a Master and it is also provided and agreed upon that it shall and may be lawful for the present vicar or his successors, vicars of said parish with four of the principal subscribing parties to said school and their successors the inhabitants of the residing dwellings or a majority of them on the deficiency or misbehaving of the Master in said school to remove him out of his place and to find another in the place then or at any time it shall become vacant and aforesaid four men to be chosen out of the subscribing parties by the vicar as occasion shall require but not without the Lord Bishop being acquainted thereof now or hereafter and I the said William Cain do hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Rev. Henry Corlett and wardens and their successors that shall and will warrant and forever defend the before granted premises and every part and parcel thereof and their appurtenances unto them and their successors against the claim, challenge and demand of me and my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns and of all other persons whomsoever, also to procure the Deemster’s or High Bailiff’s attestation with the Court’s confirmation hereof and to do all other things necessary for the firmer ratification of this Deed. And for the true and faithful performance hereof and of all things contained in the beforegoing Bill of Sale, I bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in and under the penalty and forfeiture of ten pounds to be levied and paid according to the laws and usage of this Isle. In testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names or marks this 3rd October 1783 William Cain, Isabel Cain als Mylrea my mark X, Jane Mylrea als Karran my mark X

Signed and delived in presence of John Quay, John Caine

31st October 1783 William Cain and Isabel Cain acknowledged the beforewritten Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and to be paid the consideration money therein mentioned and John Cain and John Quay the subscribing witnesses deposed on the Holy Evangelist that they were personally present when Jane Mylrea duly signed and executed the same as her proper act and deed. Before me Robert Farrant

We the Setting Quest of KK German being required to settle the annual Lord’s Rent on the premises mentioned in the within Bill of Sale having appeared on the premises and seriously considered thereon do fix, settle and proportion on the premises the sum of one half a penny and this we give as our return. As witness our hand this 31st October 1783. John Kaighan, Hugh Shimin, Silvester Mylchreest, John Gell

At a Court Baron holden at Peeltown for the parishes of Patrick and German the 22nd day of October 1784 the beforewritten Bill of Sale being acknowledged and proved before the High Bailiff of Peeltown and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of, for and in the name of John, Duke of Atholl and Lord of Mann and the Isles and confirmed by this court. Robert Heywood

Registry Office 13th 1874 See transfer from vicar and wardens of German to School Committee of German Dated 5th February 1874 …………………………………… and entered in Requisition Book 8 Page 40 no 516. A. M. Harris

[Ref SSS Oct 1784 #7]


  1. William Cain was the husband of Isabel Mylrea, daughter and only child of Thomas Mylrea
  2. In this contract, William & Isabel along with Isabel's mother, Jane Mylrea als Karran, were paid £2 by the local vicar and the Church wardens for land hitherto belonging to Cain on which to build an English school
  3. It is difficult to judge whether £2 was a fair market price or a token price set by the Cains in what would in reality be a charitable donation to the German people
  4. In 1755, Thomas Mylrea purchased the Moaney Moar estate from William Cain et al for £100. Thomas subsequently sold half of the estate back to William for £2, probably a kind of gift/settlement or part of an earlier Marriage Contract
  5. When Thomas died in 1773, he left to William Cain the amount he had paid for his half of the estate (£2) and of course, when her mother died, Isabel inherited everything
  6. A century later, the donation was transferred to a the School Committee for German, presumably now housing a school and other buildings

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