1757 - Will (Malew)

[originally submitted by Joyce M. Oates to Brian Lawson]


Ballasolleh in the Parish of KK Malew

The last will and testament of Cathn. Mylrea in the Parish of KK Malew being in perfect mind and memory at the making hereof committed her soul to God Almighty’s protection, and her body to Christian burial whenever it pleased his Almighty’s pleasure to call for her out of this world. Item she bequeathed unto Mary Mylrea, viz. Charles Mylrea'’s wife, two petticoats, and six pence apiece legacy to any person pretending right. Lastly, she constituted, nominated and appointed her niece Ann Norris whole and sole executrix of all the rest of goods moveable and immoveable.

Witnesses Allice Kneen, Mary Gilmore.

At a Court of Correction holden at Castletown Feb. 22nd, 1758, the executrix is sworn in Court in form of law and hath given pledges for payment of debts and legacies vizt. Richard Kneen and Richard Corrin both of Malew


  1. Fildraw
  2. She was 60 and unmarried when she died, the daughter of John McYlrea & Elizabeth Shimmin born 1697. Buried 11th November 1756
  3. Siblings Elizabeth, Charles,Thomas, Ann, Isabel
  4. She left a bequest to her nephew's wife (Mary McYlrea als Bell als Bridson) but her niece, Ann Norris, daughter of her sister Elizabeth, received the bulk of her estate
  5. This Catherine should not to be confused with an earlier Catherine McYlrea, who was the sister of her father, John McYlrea, and also unmarried
  6. Catherine bought her own cottage in 1744 from John Farrant. She also lent money occasionally, including to her own nephew 1729, so from somewhere, she acquired economic comfort
  7. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  8. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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Last updated: Oct 2019