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William (the Elder) Bagnell

William Bagnell (The elder), one of 200 convicts transported on the Fame, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William (the Elder) Bagnell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1769
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1827
Age: 58 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fame
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 8th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 285 (144)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Patrick Barber on 14th May, 2014 wrote:

Convicted Dec. 1815 at Middlesex sessions Old Bailey.
Die sinker William Bagnall, the elder, William Bagnall, the younger, and Thomas Bagnall, a father and his two sons, were placed at the bar, and tried under the act of the 42d of the King, for coining and counterfeiting certain silver pieces, resembling the dollars issued by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England. 

The jury, after a few minutes consideration, found all the prisoners guilty; but recommended the two sons, one of whom is 26, and the other 18 years of age, to pardon, as acting under paternal influence.  Sentence: 14 years transportation.

The National archives show that;
The 2 sons were later pardoned by John Silvester, Recorder of London in 1816.  Grounds for clemency: the jury recommended mercy at the trial of the prisoners, both of previous good conduct and the distress of the prisoner’s families, especially Thomas who has a pregnant wife and 2 children now near starvation.

The name Bagnell in the ships register is, I believe, just a mistake for Bagnall.

Patrick Barber on 14th May, 2014 wrote:

Bagnell is an error, should be Bagnall.

State Records New South Wales
Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825
BAGNALL, William. Per “Fame”, 1817
1817 Mar 14
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Fame” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.54)
1821 Nov 28
Tutor to Native Institution at Parramatta, to 1820-21; later resident of Parramatta. Petition for mitigation of sentence - conditional pardon granted (Fiche 3206; 4/1862 p.11)
1824 Aug 2
Memorial (Fiche 3075; 4/1836A No.24 p.101). Reply, 16 Aug (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.208)
1825 Oct 17
Memorial (Fiche 3118; 4/1840B No.21 p.127-8)
1825 Dec 28
Schoolmaster at Parramatta. Request for his presence at Colonial Secretary’s office (Reel 6016; 4/3516 p.264). Reply, 29 Dec (Reel 6062; 4/1783 p.26)

D Wong on 15th May, 2014 wrote:

William was tried as William ‘Bagnell’ at the Old Bailey, he was recorded as being 46 years old in December, 1815.

28/11/1821: CP

1827: There is a death recorded on the NSW BDM for a William Bagnell aged 60 in 1827.

Convict Changes History

Patrick Barber on 14th May, 2014 made the following changes:

firstname: William (the Elder) (prev. William (The elder)), surname: Bagnall (prev. Bagnell), crime

Patrick Barber on 14th May, 2014 made the following changes:

firstname: William (the Elder) (prev. William (The elder))

D Wong on 15th May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1769 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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