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John Dunlop

John Dunlop, one of 130 convicts transported on the Sir Charles Forbes, 23 November 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Dunlop
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Sir Charles Forbes
Departure date: 23rd November, 1824
Arrival date: 18th April, 1825
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 130 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 234
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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Community Contributions

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/7/191823 Dec

Prisoner name(s): James Armour and John Dunlop.

Prisoner occupation: Armour, grocery shop keeper; Dunlop, Registered Sales Merchant and Factor (also Publican).

Court and date of trial: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary, 8th December 1823.

Crime: Theft of substantial amounts of muslin from the premises of Mr. P. Hutchison, and the possession by Armour, knowing it to have been stolen.

Initial sentence: Transportation for 14 years (both prisoners).

Annotated (Outcome): Rejected.

Petitioner(s): James Armour, the prisoner.

John O’Neil, MP and six other signatories.

Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Dunlop denies that he stole the muslin from the premises of Mr. P. Hutchison. They were presumably stolen by some person or persons who then sold them to Dunlop. Armour asserts that he obtained certain quantities of muslin (not all those alleged) on payment of cash to Dunlop, not knowing any had been stolen. He is innocent of the alleged offence. Aged between 50 and 60, being in poor health, he is unlikely to survive the sentence.

Other papers: Printed indictment.

Notes of trial.

Copies of declarations made before magistrates with witnesses by Armour and the beginning of a declaration by his wife.

Letter dated 17th July 1824 to the Home Secretary, Robert Peel from the Lord Justice Clerk, D. Boyle explaining why he is satisfied that no clemency should be shown to either prisoner.

Letter dated 26th February 1824 signed by the wife of the prisoner, Jane Armour addressed to Robert Peel.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

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