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William Forrest

William Forrest, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Forrest
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 24th November, 1805
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 19th December, 1866
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Champion
Departure date: 24th May, 1827
Arrival date: 17th October, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 190
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

Edward Thompson on 4th May, 2012 wrote:

William Forrest was an associate of David Haggart in 1820, and was arrested along with him on 1 March 1820 at an apartment in Johnston Street, North Leith.  Haggart escaped from jail on 27 March 1820 and took William Forrest with him. They went to Dumfries, stealing and picking pockets on the way, and were recaptured a month later.
Details in Edinburgh Advertiser, Scotsman etc and in Haggart’s autobiography

Convict Changes History

Geoffrey Court on 9th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 24th November, 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th December, 1866 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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