Country Of Origin Scotland
Born 1796
Died 1867
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1796, Dumfries, Scotland
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Marriage/Spouse unknown
Trial 8 November 1820, High Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh, Scotland.

29 August 1825, Supreme Court, Hobart.

7 July 1834, Quarter Sessions, Hobart.

Sentence 1820: Transportation for life for assaulting and robbing William Dobson, on the highway from Ayton to Dunbar, of a silver watch, a hat, two one-pound notes, and 15s.

1825: Seven-year sentence for obtaining money and 20 pounds of cheese under false pretences.

1834: Seven-year sentence for stealing two bags of Crown property, four pounds of tea, and other articles – sent to Port Arthur.

Arrival 27 July 1821, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the convict ship Countess of Harcourt, recorded as a 24-year-old army deserter
Police Number 389
Convict Assignment Various assignments, including appointment as a constable, chain gangs, and public works.
Ticket of Leave 19 December 1844 and 9 February 1858
Conditional Pardon 28 February 1860
Other 1820 trial in Scotland: Recorded as unemployed, formerly a watchmaker, and discharged from Royal Marines.

July 1831: Absconded from Mr W Holiday, River Tamar, and apprehended by August 1831.

23 November 1863: Discharged from Port Arthur, recorded as a pauper.

Death 19 February 1867, Port Arthur, recorded as a labourer
TAHO: CON31/1/6, CON32/1/2, CON23/1/1, CON13/1/2, SC32/1/1 Court 1825; POL709/1/1 1863, RGD35/1/36 no489 Death 1867.
Web: Founders & Survivors convict database; Ancestry: Scotland, High Court Criminal Indexes 1820.
British Press 14 November 1820, Aberdeen Press & Journal 22 November 1820; Colonial Times 24 August 1831, 8 July 1834; Hobart Town Courier 13 August 1831; Hobart Town Gazette 20 August 1831.