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James Ferguson

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Ferguson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1760
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1807
Age: 47 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Irish rebel
Convicted at: Ireland, Leitrim
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
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Penny-Lyn Beale on 2nd December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
1807 - Duke Of Portland.
Convicts Name; James Ferguson
Age; 47
Where Tried; Leitrim
When tried; Dec 1806
Term of Transportation; Life

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2021 wrote:

James Ferguson was sentenced to Transportation for life at a Commission at Carrick on Shannon, set up to deal with the Thresher movement.

16th December 1806.
Jas. Ferguson, Michael Grant, Jas. Connell, were indicted, for that they with many others, on the 29th of October, 1806, with force and arms did rise, assemble and appear in arms, at Gortenmore, in the county of Leitrim, tot the terror of his majesty’s subjects, and did assume the name and denomination of Threshers; and did wear unusual dresses and badges, to wit, white shirts over their clothes, not being their usual dress upon their lawful occasions, against the peace and statue.
They were also indicted, for that they, not being thererto compelled by inevitable necessity, feloniously did take an oath, importing to bind them to be of a society and confederacy formed to disturb the public peace, that is to say, “that they should keep secret and obey the laws of the Threshers, and attend when called upon by them,” etc. against the peace and statute. The prisoners pleaded Not Guilty.

They were sentenced to transportation for Life.
To read the report of the complete trial:
Cobbett’s Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings
- pages 159/160 and onwards.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2021 wrote:

Cobbett’s Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings
- Book is available free online.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2021 wrote:

Trial of Threshers - Carrick-on-Shannon - Thursday December 16 1806 - The Court opened at 10 o’clock pursuant to adjournment. Bills of indictment were sent up to the Grand Jury, against James Ferguson, Michael Grant, and James Conolly, when after some deliberations and examining several witnesses, the bills were found against those persons who are charged under four several counts - associating under the name of threshers, dressed in a garb not usual with his Majesty’s subjects on their ordinary occasions, dressed in white shirts, armed with guns, pikes, and other weapons - and that they did assemble after such manner on the night of 29th October last, at Gortinmore in the county of Leitrim The prisoners were put to the bar and pleaded not guilty. First witness on behalf of the Crown, Richard Irwin of Dremulla, a Magistrate - Recollects the 29th October last - had heard on that day of an intended meeting of Threshers, was informed they were to come into the Parish he was in (Carrygallan) on that night, to swear in persons to be of their party - went out about twelve or one o’clock on that night, with a party of yeomanry - party consisted of about 14 or 15 - came up with the on the lands of Gortermone - they were marching in regular order - at first took them for a stream of water being dressed white - 150 in number - Threshers stopped at the house off one Castello - brought out a coal and gave a hurra - he supposes to encourage their party - upon this, witness gave orders to fire - Threshers immediately fled - witness not being active enough to join in the pursuit, remained on the field, while the party pursued - witness found some pikes, some pitchforks and a grape, on the ground the Threshers stood on - witness explains to the court, what he meant by a grape 9 a three prong pitchfork) found also a straw bonnet and shirt - party in about fifteen minutes returned with the prisoners Grant and Connolly, had shirts over their clothes - Ferguson had not - knew the latter before - knew Grant and Little but not Connolly - prisoners confessed their being sworn - but in the defence said they had complied through force - but declared that they knew not the person who had compelled them to become Threshers - witness asked the nature of the Threshers oath as he had most depended on him - Ferguson said, it was to observe the Threshers laws, to go out when called upon - to pay no Tythes, except to the Rector, and not to prosecute a Thresher - knew Ferguson to be a protestant - Ferguson said nothing about the dues of the Priest - Connolly acknowledged he carried a grape shaft - Grant carried a pitchfork - Ferguson had a short in his pocket with much bog dirt on it - owned it to be his…....The Jury retired and after about half an hour’s deliberation found the three prisoners guilty. Sentence transportation for life. The trial lasted the whole of the day; both the Judges sat on the Bench and the court was greatly crowded.
- Belfast Newsletter 26 December 1806.

Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2021 wrote:

HO-9-8-3 page 16/51. Hulk records at Portsmouth show that on 15 Jan 1807, 11 convicts arrived from Dublin, whose names are given, but with no further information. The same day these 11 men were embarked on board the Duke of Wellington.
“Received eleven from Dublin 15 Jan 1807.
Bartholomew Biglane
Archibald Biglane
Jas Kinsey
John Kinsey
Patrick Hart
Patrick Harrydon
Patrick Flynn
Michael Grant
Wm Cortellon Connell
Jas Ferguson
George Thomas
All Sent on board the Duke of Portland, 15 Jan 1807.”

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st November, 2021 wrote:

1807 - Old Sydney Burial Ground - Inventory of Burials
Name; James Ferguson
Age;  No Details
Year of Burial. 12 Aug 1807
Remarks; Convict

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 2nd December, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: New South Wales, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849 (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Ferguson, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1760, date of death: 00

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2021 made the following changes:


Gail Robyn Newman on 27th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1807 (prev. 0000)

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