KK Malew November 29th 1688 The last will of Cathrin Illeria als Caveene who committed her soul to God and body to the earth Item she left her funeral to be performed by her executors Item she left to Christopher Harrison’s wife her best petticoat and a blanket Item she bequeathed to the children of Christopher Harrison a sheep and lamb apiece to the three children Item left to Ellin Carrowne a sheep and lamb Item she left to her son Philip Norris two yards of cloth or two shillings in money Item she nominated, constituted and ordained her son William Mylleriah and Mary Norris her true and lawful executors of all her goods moveable and immoveable excepting the two horses which she bequeathed to William McYlleria over and above Mary Norris and that she shall have nothing to do with them Item she left the dumb..... and her goods to her said executors and left the mare that is with John Bridson in keeping to satisfy the said dumb ............. her father’s goods

Testes Robert Wanwick, Will Lowney ] jurati

The executors are sworn in Court according to law

Probatum est et solvit

The inventory of the goods of the abovesaid Catherin viewed and prized by sworn men to witt Robert Wanwick, William Lowney, John Kneel, and Nicholas Kneale

Iprimis a cow 15s a quarter of a colt 2s

Item [etc] [value just over £1]

Pledges according to law Robert Wanwrick & ..... Shimin


  1. Ballasalley
  2. Cathrin was buried 29th November 1688, nine months after her daughter-in-law, Cathrin als Bridson
  3. Cathrin was married previously to Mr Norris which whom she had two children - Philip & Mary - but neither has a baptismal record
  4. [for future reference - maybe 1st husband was Thomas died 1647: will A 0106198]
  5. In about 1650, she married John McYllria and had son William 1653 and a daughter, birth year unknown
  6. The legatees in the wills of Cathrin and her husband John (died 1680) are much the same: Christopher Harrison's children (Mylrea grand children?), Ellin Carrowne (Norris grand daughter), Mary Norris (Cathrin's daughter)
  7. The family's assets were left to William in his father's will, co-signed by his mother yet a reading of John's will is that Cathrin brought the houses and lands to the marriage. Her son Philip from her first marriage did not receive any of this largess
  8. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  9. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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