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Brighton Cotton

Brighton Cotton, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Brighton Cotton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 376
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 28th October, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 October 2020), January 1817, trial of BRIGHTON COTTON (t18170115-94).
BRIGHTON COTTON, Theft > pocketpicking, 15th January 1817.

242. BRIGHTON COTTON was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of December , one pocket-book, value 3s, the property of John Whale , from his person .

JOHN WHALE . I live in Harper-street, May-fair. I was in the Strand about ten o’clock, on the 28th of December; I felt my coat lifted up, I turned round, and missed my book; I laid hold of the prisoner; there were two men near him, I told him he had got it, the prisoner threw the book down, and my papers flew out; I saw no more of his companions. I let go of him to pick my book up, and he ran away, but was stopped immediately; I am sure that he is the man.

JOHN COVERDALE. I am a solicitor’s clerk. I was in the Strand, and saw the prisoner run across the street, and the pocket-book drop between the prisoner and prosecutor; I heard the cry of stop thief! he is the man that I saw run across the street; he was secured.

Prisoner’s Defence. I heard the cry and ran across.

GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 28th October, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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