JOHN McYLREA 1699 Malew

Malew September 25th 1699
This is affirmed to be the last will of John McYlrea who being of good and perfect memory committed his soul to God and body to Christian burial. 1st He bequeathed to his three oldest daughters 3 sheep to be given them at May next if they be remaining then. Item to his youngest daughter 10 shillings which 10s is to fall to his wife if the said child shall die. To his son John he bequeathed his half of the house and crofts after his wife’s decease if he shall deserve it. And lastly he constituted and ordained his wife Elizabeth McYlrea sole executor of all the rest of his goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever. Item he left 3 kishens of barley to the poor at Allhallowtime and nominates the witnesses overseers of his children.
Testes Philip Cottiman, Chr Harrison ] jurati
Probatum est & solvit 10d
The witnesses are pledges in form of law


  1. Ballasalley
  2. John McYlrea was the only surviving son of Martin McYlrea who had died 18 months previously. His mother, Elizabeth Inyreah als Christian, had died in 1683
  3. John was born 1664 and died aged 35 years, buried 22nd July, 1699
  4. He married Elizabeth Bridson, Malew, 29th January 1680 - when he was still in his teens
  5. Had several children, one son and four daughters surviving: John (Illeria b1682), and the youngest Ellin, born about 1699. Nothing is known about other three daughters although Elizabeth McYlrea als Bridson describes Ellin as "my youngest daughter" in the 1718 Settlement to son John, perhaps but not necessarily suggesting that at least two other daughters were still alive
  6. Elizabeth McYlrea als Bridson settled the family estate on son John in 1718 who was by then a tailor in Dublin. He sold the property in 1735 and it is doubtful whether he ever returned to the Isle of Man
  7. This Mylrea line, if it continued, did so in Ireland or further afield
  8. Daughter Ellin married John Callister in 1722. She died 1777
  9. John's wife Elizabeth died 1726
  10. Christopher Harrison, one of the witnesses to the will, was probably the husband of John's cousin, the daughter of Martin's brother, John Mylrea
  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
  12. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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