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Thomas Burgess

Thomas Burgess, one of 175 convicts transported on the Morley, November 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Burgess
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: November, 1816
Arrival date: 10th April, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 176 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 309 (156)
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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Tony Beale on 14th January, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

307. THOMAS BURGESS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Alexander Copland , esq . about the hour of four in the afternoon of the 16th of March , no person in the same dwelling-house then being, and for stealing therein, four coats, value 2l. two pairs of pantaloons, value 30s. four frocks, value 5s. two petticoats, value 2s. two waistcoats, value 2s. two shirts, value 5s. two caps, value 6d. one nutmeg grater, value 5s. and one choral, value 20s. the property of William Johnson .

MARY JOHNSON. I live in the Porter’s Lodge belonging to Mr. Copland, in the parish of Acton ; I and my husband sleep in this lodge, as servants of Mr. Copland; it is some distance from his house. In the afternoon of the 16th of March, it was broken open. I went out about four o’clock, leaving nobody at the Lodge. I returned a little before five, and found the door quite safe as I had left it; but the glass of the bed-room window was broken, to turn round the handle, and was open; I had left it shut and whole; that window was in the back part of the house; the person passing the lodge would not pass that window; the lodge is placed to open a gate; a person might have gone through the gate without seeing the window. I walked round to the front of the Lodge, and saw the prisoner there; I saw him in the room through the window plundering my drawers, before I had opened the door. The prisoner is the man; I stood looking at his face for full three minutes; after that, he turned himself round, and stood and looked me in the face; he then turned found again, and bent himself down, and went across the room; he then went towards that window I had seen open; there is only one in that room; he went out of the room in which I had seen him; I then saw him in my yard; he had gone through the window as I supposed. He did not come out at the door. I gave an alarm; a person of the name of Towers was the first that came to my assistance, and he pursued the prisoner. I entered my house, and found the things in a very bad state, some in one place and some in another, and very much disordered; the coats were near the window which was open, four of them, and two pair of pantaloons, they were not tied up in any thing; nothing else was near the window; they were in the drawers when I left the house; they are here; they belonged to my husband. In the front room. upon my drawers, and on the chair, I found some of the children’s clothes, four frocks, two petticoats, shirts, and waistcoats, all of which I had left in the drawers; they are all my children’s clothes; there were only two or three things missed, namely, a coral, a silver nutmeg-grater, and a shirt of my husband’s.

Prisoner. I should wish to know if she saw me near the house? whether she saw me near it, or whether I was not an hundred yards up the lane before she saw me at all?

Witness. No; I saw him in the house, and afterwards in the yard, and pointed him out to Towers.

WILLIAM TOWERS . I was at work for Mr. Copland, close by, and on hearing the last witness scream, I ran to her, and she pointed out the man to me; he was just running up a field when she pointed the man out to me; he was running in a direction from the lodge very fast indeed; I pursued him, and saw him jump over a hedge, and then I got a fresh runner; I never lost sight of him, except for about a minute going round the corner, where he threw the things away. Burrowes caught him; I am sure the prisoner is the man.

WILLIAM BURROWES. I seized the prisoner. I saw him running away, and Towers followed him. I did not see him drop any thing, nor throw any thing away.

WILLIAM TOWERS . I have a shirt here which was picked up by one of Mr. Winter’s men in a ditch in my presence. The prisoner had passed that ditch in his flight.

WILLIAM LIPSCOME . I found a silver nutmeg-grater and a coral in my master’s garden, on the Sunday morning after the robbery; I saw the prisoner on the Saturday, running down the lane which would lead him to my master’s garden; that was at the time a woman was hallooing stop thief.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I must leave it to your mercy, for I have not a friend in court to speak for me; as for this man, Burrowes, he did not know whether I was the man or not when he came up.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 23.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Abbot.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 14th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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