Name James TAYLOR
Country Of Origin Scotland
Born 1809
Died 1880
Birth/Baptism Born 24 July 1809, Glasgow, Scotland
Parents Henry and Jean Taylor (formerly Wallace)
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Liverpool Street, Hobart
Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 18 June 1833, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth Reid
(James – recorded as a watchmaker).
Trial 6 January 1844, Glasgow Court of Inquiry, Scotland
Sentence Ten years transportation for embezzlement, pawning a watch worth £15 (not his first offence)
Arrival 30 July 1844 on the convict ship, Maria Somes (1)
Police Number 13610
Convict Assignment 1846: Thomas Hamilton, and David Barclay.
Hobart watchmakers
Ticket of Leave 14 October 1851
Other 25 March 1844: Admitted, Dumbarton Gaol, Scotland.
19 April 1844: Discharged to ship Maria Somes (1) bound for Van Diemen’s Land.

Convict record: Wife Elizabeth and three children in Scotland.

July 1844: On arrival, James was described as a bald 35-year-old watch and clockmaker, 5’7” tall, with reddish whiskers, sandy eyebrows, blue eyes, and a hairy breast.

July 1844-January 1846: Probation period, 18 months at Southport, south of Hobart.

James was assigned for short periods to Hobart watchmakers David Barclay and Thomas Hamilton in 1846. He doesn’t seem to have any further assignments related to his trade, but his convict records show numerous charges and punishments. Absent without permission is the most common offence recorded, and punishments included imprisonment with hard labour and time in solitary confinement.

23 February 1854: Certificate of Freedom

Death 30 June 1880, General Hospital, Hobart, recorded as a 71-year-old watchmaker (born in Glasgow).

Cause of death: Hepatitis, hydatids.

Burial: 3 July 1880, pauper’s grave, Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

TAHO: CON33/1/57, CON14/1/22, CON27/1/10, RGD35/1/9 no2591 Death 1880.
Web: National Records of Scotland: Old Parish Registers Birth 644/1 Glasgow; Ancestry: UK Criminal Records 1844; Founders & Survivors convict database; Millingtons Record No. 1B 2970 1880.
Cornwall Chronicle 4 March 1854.