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John Brien

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Brien
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1802
Age: 26 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis Cornwallis
Departure date: 9th August, 1795
Arrival date: 11th February, 1796
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Hibernian Chronicle, April 1794 AND Freemans Journal, Sat 17th may 1794 p3
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Robin Sharkey on 1st April, 2016 wrote:

CRIME: Administering an Unlawful Oath

John Brien was found guilty at the County Assizes of Cork in April 1794 of administering an unlawful oath and was actually sentenced to transportation for life. Four other men given the same sentence for the same crime were, however, never actually transported. A sheep stealer and a house breaker also were not transported.

The only other convict from the same March 1794 Cork assizes who arrived in NSW pursuant to his transportation sentence was Daniel Mahony for cow stealing, arrived on same ship.

Hibernian Chronicle, April 1794:
“JOHN BRIEN, DENNIS SULLIVAN and JOHN KELIHER for feloniously administering oaths. J. [JOHN] ENRAGHTY and WM. MAGRATH, for feloniously causing an unlawful oath to be tendered, all to be transported for life.”

Also reported in Freemans Journal, indicating sentencing occurred on Saturday 26th April 1794:
Freemans Journal, Sat 17th May 1794 p3
“CORK, April 28th
Last Saturday [i.e. 26th April] the assizes ended, when the following persons received sentence:
John Brien for feloniously administering an oath, to be transported for life.”


Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th November, 2020 wrote:

Australia, Convict Index,
Name: John Brien
Age: 20
Birth Year: 1776
Arrival year: 1796
Arrival State: New South Wales
Trial Place: Co Cork
Ship: Marquis Cornwallis
Comments: DIED 1802?

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 1st April, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Hibernian Chronicle, April 1794 AND Freemans Journal, Sat 17th may 1794 p3 (prev. ), firstname: John, surname: Brien, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1776 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1802 (prev. 0000)

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