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George Edgar

George Edgar, one of 176 convicts transported on the Manlius, 16 July 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Edgar
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 8th April, 1847
Age: 51 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Manlius
Departure date: 16th July, 1828
Arrival date: 9th November, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 453 (228)
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

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 10 April: George EDGAR, 32, a butcher from Stranraer, Wigtownshire, and John Young, 50, a carter, also from Stranraer, Wigtownshire, were tried in the High Court at Edinburgh for sheep stealing. It was alleged they stole three sheep from the farm of Mount Pleasant in the parish of Inch. Both pleaded not guilty.
They were convicted and each was sentenced to transportation for 14 years (see National Records of Scotland; Reference JC26/1828/444).

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1828: George EDGAR petitioned, unsuccessfully, for clemency. Below is the summary record of his petition from the National Archives:

“HO 17/12/17 … Prisoner name: George Edgar.
Court and date of trial: Edinburgh High Court of Judiciary [Midlothian], 4 February 1828.
Crime: [Not stated].
Initial sentence: 14 years transportation.
Annotated: Nil.
Petitioner(s): George Edgar, the prisoner.
Grounds for clemency: Witness who would have proved prisoner’s innocence did not attend trial; he has a large family dependent upon his support; his previous good character.
Other papers: Certificate from ministers and elders of previous parish and of Stranraer [Wigtownshire], testifying to prisoner’s good conduct.
Additional Information: Prisoner first held in Stranraer gaol on 14 October 1827, together with John Young. Transferred to Edinburgh gaol” (see https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C13449851)

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1828, 3 April: George Edgar, listed as 42, was received aboard the prison hulk Justitia at Woolwich. He was sent from there for transportation on 7 July (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

1828: On arrival in VDL, he was listed as 32, a butcher, farm labourer and a shepherd whose native place was County Down. He was married to Janet Campbell and they had four children. He stated that he did not commit the offence for which he was transported, rather “the man who did it had my dog with him”. His last work had been “dealing in cattle” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-9$init=CON31-1-9p273).

1830: He was appointed as a Constable at the wharf.

1831: He was sent to Norfolk Plains for neglecting his duty. While there, he received a Ticket of Leave in 1834 for “his praiseworthy conduct in successfully detecting a burglary in the dwelling house of William Kitson at Norfolk Plains whilst doing duty as night patrol”.

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 wrote:

1837, 17 October: Granted a Conditional Pardon No.1496 (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-9$init=CON31-1-9p273).

1847, 8 April: George Edgar, a butcher aged 44, died from disease of the brain at Hobart (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-2p141j2k).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 18th April, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 made the following changes:


Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th April, 1847 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 23rd April, 2021 made the following changes:


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