KK Malew February 7th 1688

The will of Cathrin Inyeah als Bridson wife of William McYlleriah who committed her soul to god and her body to the earth. Item she bequeathed to the poor half a firlot of barley. Item she bequeathed to her sister Alice Bridson a small linen sheet, three sheep and five pounds of washed wool Item she bequeathed to her brother John Bridson so much cloth as will [be?] a coat for him Item she bequeathed to her brother Cudbert? three yards of linen for a shirt Item she nominated constituted and ordained her said husband William McYlleriah her lawful executor of all the rest of her goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever

Witnesses Thomas Parr, John Ffargher ] jurati The executor is sworn in Court according to law

Probatum est et solvit 1s

The inventory ..... ...... Court sub pena 5s [Latin words]

Pledges to secure the office and to pay all debts according to law William Killey & John Qualtrough

[NOTE: Her record in the Malew Burial Register notes that she left a lamb to Thomas Parr, although the bequest is not included in her formal will!]


  1. Ballasalley
  2. Cathrin was buried 7th February 1688. She was probably in her early 30s when she died [Cath Illeria als Bridson]
  3. She was the wife of William Mylerea who was the son of John McYllria, who died in 1680 just weeks after she and William were married
  4. Cathrin & William had two children, Issable (1681) and John (1683), both of whom died in the smallpox epidemic of 1685, Issable Inyreah buried on 21st May and John McYlleriah on 24th May
  5. Her husband did not remarry. In the years before his death, he sold off most of his houses and lands, and left the remainder of his goods to his niece. His will also mentions two cousins, John & Thomas Mylrea, the sons of Thomas Mylrea of Fildraw
  6. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  7. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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Last updated: August 2013