Will - 1650 (Michael)

Copied from Archdeacon Wills 1645-1654 because it was embedded on p113 of a 560 page .pdf document

Margt: Calistr depted ys life ye 14th of May who bequeathed her Soule to God &c;

Itm shee lefte to Wm Steane [?] children 1 yearlinge,

Itm: to her son William McYlreah children 1 sheepe,

Itm to William McYlreah her pte of ye corne sowne,

Itm: to her daughter Ales all her apparel woollen & linnen;

Itm: shee constituted & ordained her son & daughter jioynt execrs:

Testes Henry Woods

This will is proved wth consent of the execrs:

pbat et solvig

Invent ye cowes

pledges Dollin Corlett Jo: Cannon Curia habita in eccla Le are 8th 1649 Dom: Edw: Crow vicr: Ffinlo Kinish Chaptr quest Wm: Kneale Apparitor Phillip Corlett Ewan Corlett iurati Ffinloe Carrett -----chute[in fold] Do: Robts Allen vicr Robt Faile Chaptr quest Jo: Knaiele Apparitor Jo: Christin Wm: Calow iurati Jo: Cottiman ----[in fold] Do: Joh: Hudleston curat Tjo: Crenilt Chaptr quest Do: Christin iurati Apparitor Calue[?] Ratcliff Patr: Cowle Phillip Knieal ---de[in fold] } Patr: Martin ---ext [fold] } Mich: Cowle Do: Corkish iurati Steene Kneale Do: Xtin laymes of ye execr: of Phillip Quirke for a plow beame, the price ij (2d)

date: 13t 9ber 1649


  1. No marriage record found for Margaret, nor baptisms of children but they seem to be Alice & William
  2. In 1650, son William's name was entered into Liber Vastarum against his mother's lands: Entered beinge right heyre to the said Margarett deceased his mother
  3. Margaret possibly married c1586 & buried 16th May, 1650
  4. Margaret held land in Michael in the treen of Oristall since 1586 when her father Murtagh Mc alexander transferred the family's quarterland to her, and in 1596, he consigned 2 intacks to her tenancy as well.
  5. AW Moore indicates that ‘Callister’ derives from Mac alexander / Alister. Kneen indicates ‘Alistryn’ is a form of Alexander / Alister. Thus, Calestren = Callister. [If the ‘an’ is dropped from Alexander, then you have Alexder, or Alister.]. Thus it is worth noting that in 1515, a William Mc gilrea was a joint tenant in Orestall with William Mc Alexander, so Margaret's connections to the treen are as old as this first William's, but who Margaret's husband was is also unknown
  6. In 1603, Margaret was joined as a tenant by Adam Callister (her brother?) and on his death in 1634, by his son Robert
  7. The 1603 Liber Vastarum entry notes: Adam Callister is joyned half & half wth mgrett for and by her owne consent in court and by the consent of Wm mc ylvea her sonne in the same court. The entry confirms that (a) Margaret had married a Mc ylrea and (b) that her husband was dead
  8. William's daughter Mabel (b1616) married William Stephan and land records for Michael show lands were often jointly held by the two Williams - McYlrea & Stephan. The will of William Mylrea d1654 mentions son-in-law William Steane. Margaret's will includes reference to the children of William Steane
  9. William Mylrea, son of Margaret Callister, was already a widower when he married Ann Wood. However, who the first wife was is unknown but this was the mother of Mabel.

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