Will - 1816 (Ballaugh)


At a special Ecclesiastical Court holden at Ramsey the 7th November 1816

William Mylrea of the parish of Ballaugh having perished at sea on or about the 23rd October last past, intestate, the Court having received intelligence thereof hath decreed his five children namely William, Ann, Jane, Elinor and Margaret Mylrea co-administrators of all and singular his goods, rights, credits, chattels and effects moveable and immoveable whatever. The said William, Ann, Jane, Elinor and Margaret Mylrea being under age, their mother Elinor Mylrea is sworn guardian and supervisor and in trust for them well and truly to administer the estate of the intestate, to exhibit a full true and perfect inventory thereof unto the Episcopal Registry, to pay all his just debts so far forth as the goods will extend and the law bind her and to these ends she hath given pledges in form of law namely John Boyde and Daniel Cowel – John Cain and William Kaneen are sworn guardians and supervisors of the said children.

Decretum est


  1. William Mylrea was the oldest son (and heir-at-law) of Nicholas Mylrea jnr & Margaret als Kneen. He was born Ballaugh 1781
  2. He married Elinor Caine 1806, and had children William (b1812), Ann (b1807), Jane (b1809?), Elinor (b1811) and Margaret (b1813). Another child John was born in 1817 after William's death
  3. William was drowned in a boating accident in 1816 that also claimed the life of his youngest brother, James
  4. William had received the "family estate" in the form of a Settlement from his parents in 1810 although it is questionable precisely what was to be passed on to William as the estate seemed to be either sold off or mortgaged. He immediately took a mortage of £200 over the estate, perhaps a sign of how deply mired this family was in debt
  5. In 1816, William sold two small pieces of the Ballacorraige for a total of £21/15/-, probably to meet his mortgage commitments to Kelly
  6. In 1821, his widow Elinor took out a £25, again probably to meet mortgage commitments
  7. In 1824, the guardians of William jnr applied to the Chancery Court for permission to incumber Ballacorraige with a sizeable mortgage, in order to pay out existing mortgages, and perhaps a desparate attempt to save the "family estate"
  8. Elinor tried valiently to save her son's inheritance during the 1820s but part of the estate was sold in 1832 to settle debts, left by Nicholas jnr, William's grandfather. The returns from the sale should have been sufficient to pay off all outstanding debts on the estate.
  9. There is no solid evidence of the fate of Elinor or her children after the 1832 sale. There was no sign of them on the Isle of Man in 1841 when the first census was conducted, nor any census after that although Ann might married James Corlett in 1836 in Lezayre

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