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Arthur Devlin

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Arthur Devlin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1779
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 14th November, 1820
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Political prisoner
Convicted at: Ireland, Wicklow
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Tellicherry
Departure date: 31st August, 1805
Arrival date: 15th February, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 46 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.
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Dennis Nightingale on 8th May, 2015 wrote:

Born - Crone Red Cross Wicklow County Ireland. Prisoner from Ireland never tried in Ireland.
Died - 1820 Sydney.

Dennis Nightingale on 9th May, 2015 wrote:

Husband of Priscilla (Manson) Small — married April 2, 1806 in Parramatta NSW.
Father of James, Arther, Mary, Patrick, Ann and Martha.
Died November 14, 1820 in Greater Sydney,

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

Arthur, aged 27 of Crone Red Cross, Wicklow, Ireland was a rebel who was tried at Wicklow and transported aboard the ship ‘Tellicherry’ arriving 15 Feb 1806.
Arthur had been exiled from Ireland in 1805, together with Michael Dwyer, leader of the Wicklow Outlaws and the other members, Martin Burke, John Mernagh and Hugh Vesty Byrne. To be sure, they had been given an option: “accept exile to Botany Bay or be brought to trial”. Given their armed opposition to British rule they knew that the outcome of a trial would be death by hanging. They arrived at Port Jackson on 15 February 1806 and shortly thereafter presented themselves to the Governor, Philip Gidley King, bearing a letter from the Chief Secretary, A Marsden, Dublin Castle, dated 17 August 1805. It read, “The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has this day signed a Warrant for transmitting one hundred and thirty men and thirty six women now embarked on board the Tellicherry in Cork Harbour for New South Wales. Among the number are five men – Michael Dwyer, John Mernagh, Hugh Byrne, Martin Burke and Arthur Devlin who were engaged in treasonable practices here and who have requested to be allowed to banish themselves for life to New South Wales to avoid being brought to trial; and as it has been deemed expedient to make such a compromise with them, they are sent there. Not having been convicted they claim the advantage of this distinction, the effect of which is not, however, to prevent their being subjected to all the laws of the Settlement. And that any further indulgence is to be earned by their behaviour, of which there has been no reason to complain during the time of their confinement here.”

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Arthur married Priscilla Mason the daughter of James Squire (First Fleet Convict, Charlotte, 1788) and Elizabeth Mason (Convict, Mary Anne, 1791).
Arthur Devlin of the parish of Sydney and Priscilla Squire of Kissing Point were married in this church by permission of His Excellency Governor King this second day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and six by me Samuel Marsden.
Both Arthur and Priscilla made their X marks in the register in the presence of James Holt who signed the register and Ann Lucas who made her X mark in the register.

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

After the death of Arthur, in 1820, Priscilla remarried to Thomas Small, the son of John Small (First Fleet Convict, Charlotte, 1788) and Mary Parker (First Fleet Convict, Lady Penryhn, 1788) and the couple had a further 8 children.

Robin Sharkey on 30th March, 2016 wrote:


Freemans Journal Tuesday 30 July 1805 page 2:

“Thursday evening, Michael Dwyer, Martin Burke, Arthur Develin, Hugh Byrne and John Mernagh [sic], were conveyed from Kilmainham prison, by the Circular-road in carriages, and put on board an armed cutter in the river, which is to carry them to Cove, where a transport destined for Botany Bay, is ready to receive them.”

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 8th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: Arthur, surname: Devlin, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1779, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 8th May, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 9th May, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 14th November, 1820 (prev. 1820)

Robin Sharkey on 30th March, 2016 made the following changes:


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