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Deborah Burlow

Deborah Burlow, one of 81 convicts transported on the Sovereign, 12 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Deborah Burlow
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Perjury
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sovereign
Departure date: 12th July, 1827
Arrival date: 20th November, 1827
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 80 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 215 (109)
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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Maureen Withey on 23rd January, 2021 wrote:

Perjury. — Deborah Barlow, aged 46, was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury, under circumstances shockingly infamous, but of nature to forbid our entering into detail of them. may, however, briefly notice the following facts. The prisoner, a woman or violent temper, and forbidding appearance, belonged to the parish of Bromsberrow, and, the 19th of July last, was taken before the magistrates of that district, by Henry Fleming acting overseer and constable, upon a charge of deserting her family She was, in consequence, ordered to be imprisoned in Littledean Bridewell for three months; and Fleming and Thomas Hart set out with her in a cart the same night for the prison. Early the following morning they arrived at Littledean and during that day the prisoner made no complaint of ill-treatment; but the subsequent day, she told some of her some of her fellow-prisoners, and afterwards the .Matron of the prison, that she had been ill-used on the road. On the 31st July, she made a voluntary information on oath, before J. Pryrke, Esq. and the Rey. C. Crawley, imputing to Fleming, and Hart, the commission of a capital offence under most disgusting and aggravated circumstances. A warrant was accordingly issued against the accused parties, and the accused parties, and they were apprehended but the respect to which they were held is their own neighbourhood led to to further investigation; and a few days afterwards, in the presence of General Guise and the Rev. C. Crawley, the prisoner distinctly confessed that the charge was totally unfounded, and that she had made it because Fleming had caused her being committed to prison. Under these circumstances, an indictment for Perjury was preferred against her, which was found true at the last Assizes, and the trial took place on Wednesday morning. The facts of the accusation, and her subsequent denial of its troth, were satisfactorily proved of its troth, were satisfactorily proved by the vary respectable Magistrates above named ; in addition to which, Heating and Hart were called and most positively contradicted every allegation in her information. Another witness also proved that before the prisoner left Bromsberrow she said, she would play Fleming trick. When called upon for her defence, the prisoner persisted her first statement, and, with degree of effrontery perfectly unparalleled, detailed the disgusting story she had before invented! The Jury, however, found her Guilty without any hesitation, and Mr. Baron Vaughan immediately proceeded to pass sentence. His Lordship characterized this as the most infamous case he had ever known, and the verdict had been perfectly satisfactory to the whole Court, as no doubt could possibly be entertained of her guilt. This case afforded strong proof of the extreme caution with which charges of rape should be received, charges so easily made, and so difficult to be and difficult got rid of, and by which, in the present instance, it was the power of a profligate woman, like the prisoner, to Put not only the characters but the lives of respectable men in peril; for, had the charge made by her been brought into court, and could a Jury have been induced to believe her story,  the lives of the two witnesses who had appeared in the box, would undoubtedly have been forfeited.  The case called for exemplary punishment. The law gave him the power to indict the punishment of the pillory, but he was restrained from adjudging at, solely because he feared that public indignation would be so strongly entertained against her, that her life might be in jeopardy should she be subjected to that ignominious exhibition. He should however inflict as heavy a punishment as the law would allow, and he lamented he could not safely go farther. His Lordship then sentenced her to be fined 1s and to be transported for seven years. The sentence gave evident evident satisfaction to a crowded Court.
Bristol Mirror 21 Apr 1827.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 23rd January, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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