Will - 1740 (Malew)

Jan 16th 1740

In the name of God amen the last will and testament of Charles Mylrea who being of perfect mind and memory committed his soul to God and his body to Christian burial He left to his beloved mother the benefit of the house and garden and all the lands that belong unto him commonly known by the name of Crebbin’s croft, the Reest and a part of the Flatt below the aforesaid gardens which belongeth unto him during her lifetime He left and bequeathed to his brother John snr twenty shillings and twenty shillings more to his brother Thomas He nominated and appointed his brother John jnr sole executor of all his houses, lands, goods moveable and immoveable that at present or hereafter may belong unto him on condition that he do pay or cause to be paid to his aforesaid brothers John snr and Thomas the sums abovementioned and lastly to all others that may pretend to any right in his aforesaid houses, lands and goods he left sixpence legacy Charles Mylrea his mark X

Witnesses present Margaret Cain, James Wilks ] jurati

John jnr the executor is sworn in Court in form of law and hath given pledges John Cotteman & Henry Kermod

Probatum est et solvit 12d

John Cosnahan


  1. Fildraw [beg?]
  2. Youngest son of Thomas Mylrea & Jony Kinley; baptised 1726 so about 14 when he died
  3. Father Thomas was second son of Fildraw John Mylrea, but curiously had a generous Marriage Contract (three pounds sterling and also half of all their lands and houses during their natural life). His father, Thomas, purchased land from his father in 1722, presumably referred to as Fildraw beg, in shares with sister, Ann.
  4. Charles's brother, Thomas, was the only Mylrea to receive a bequest in the will of grand father, John Mylrea, when he died in 1727
  5. Father Thomas died 1728 but no will survives
  6. Both this will and his mother's (1741) mention John snr & John jnr, leading to the pecular situation of having two sons named John
  7. A peculiarity in this will is that a 14 year old could lay claim to houses and lands. His bequests suggest he was the oldest son rather than the youngest
  8. Mother died the following year and bulk of legacy also went to John jnr
  9. Brothers John snr and John jnr died young, as their father died
  10. Third surviving son, Thomas, lived to old age
  11. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised

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