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Maria Coutts

Maria Coutts, one of 90 convicts transported on the Princess Charlotte, 27 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Maria Coutts
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1827
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Princess Charlotte
Departure date: 27th March, 1827
Arrival date: 6th August, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 89 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 137 (70)
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 29th August, 2019 wrote:

Maria was tried at the Old Bailey.

MARIA COUTTS, Theft - grand larceny, 26th October 1826.

1997. MARIA COUTTS was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of September, 1 carpet, value 13s.; 1 pair of boots, value 10s., and 3 bed valances, value 5s., the goods of Samuel Eyland .

SAMUEL EYLAND. I am a shoemaker , and live in Hanway-yard. I heard a cry of Stop thief! about three o’clock, on the 29th of September - I ran out, and saw my servant picking up these articles, which are mine; I went with her to the bottom of the street, and took the prisoner, whom she pointed out.

JEMIMA WARD. I am Mr. Eyland’s servant. I was coming out of the room, and saw the prisoner coming down-stairs with a bundle - she was a stranger; I followed, calling Stop thief! - she dropped it about ten yards off; I took it up - it contained these articles, which are master’s; I am certain of her person.

JOHN WOODWARD. I took her in charge.

The prisoner pleaded distress.

GUILTY. Aged 34.

Transported for Seven Years.

Source: Old Bailey online.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 24th December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Princess Charlotte - 1827
Name; Maria Coutts
Indent No; 34
Noted against name; Died at Sea. 12 June of Phthisis Pulmonary in Lat 33’44 Long 12’20

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals,
Ship: Princess Charlotte
Name; Maria Coutts
Age; 34 [1793]
Notes; Complained of vomiting of blood. she has frequent cough which she has been troubled with for about 12 months Discharged; Died at Sea. 12 June

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 29th August, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 24th December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000)

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