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William Faithful

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Faithful
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: Soldier
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 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 3rd September, 1822
Arrival date: 21st December, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 80 other convicts


Primary source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
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Maureen Withey on 14th November, 2020 wrote:

A Travelling Banker Detected.
Usher’s-Quay Police Office. —Between the hours nine and ten o’clock Monday morning, a man of suspicious appearance was brought prisoner to this office, under charge of having tendered a forged Bank Ireland note to Mr. Russell, provision merchant, in Parkgate-street. When he arrived at the above office was searched by peace-officers Stephens, Campaigne, and Hawthorn, who found concealed in different parts of his dress, forty nine forged Bank of Ireland notes, all of one pound each, and of one number, viz. 13,756, dated 5th November, 182l. They found him also 91£ in base English coin, consisting pieces for 2s. , Is., and 6d. ; there were some Sovereigns likewise executed remarkably well. The manner in which the coin and notes were found on him was rather singular: he had on an old vest upwards of 70£. in base coin; it was completely quilled round like coat of armoury, and in short, every particle of his dress contained more or less this base coin, together with notes the same description. The Agents for the Bank Ireland, Messrs. Fleetwood and Darley, attended at the examination.  Alderman John Exdiaw, and Thomas Herbert, Esq. took the necessary informations, and committed the prisoner for trial at Commission. He gave in the name of William Faithful; said was a native of Wiltshire, pensioner, at one shilling per diem from the 4lth regiment, and that he has not been long in Ireland.  It is necessary to caution the public against taking such notes and Bank of England tokens as we have described, because a comrade of the prisoner’s as yet at large in Dublin; he escaped police, who are on the look-out for, and hope to succeed in taking him. In consequence of information received at this office, together with a description of a man who passed number of forged notes in the neighbourhood of Howth and Clontarf, Peace-officers Campaigne, Stephens, and Hawthorn, proceeded in search of, and after indefatigable exertion, succeeded in apprehending in Carter’s-lane, a man who answered the description, and for whom they were so long seeking ; he calls himself Robert Risk, and appears to be an old offender the officers brought him here ; several persons attended and identified him as the person who had passed several forgeries on the Bank of Ireland; they were for one pound each, numbered as follows, viz. 13,785, dated 5th November 1821, signed H. Cooke. After lodging the necessary informations the prisoner was committed to abide his trial at the Commission, to be held on the 29th of June next.
Saunders’s News-Letter, 1 May 1822.


Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
William Faithful, age 54, per Countess of Harcourt (2) (1822), Tried at Dublin City, 1822, 14 years,  DOB 1768,  native place,  Wiltshire, England Co. soldier. 

Colonial Secretary Index.

FAITHFUL, William. Per “Countess of Harcourt”, 1822.

1822 Dec 26 - On list of convicts landed from the “Countess of Harcourt” and forwarded to Airds for distribution (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.117)


1828 Census Index.
William Faithful, age 44, G.S. Countess of Harcourt, 1822, 14 years, protestant, labourer, Rev. S. Martin, Cabramatta.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th November, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Faithful, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1768, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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