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Nelson Forsyth

Nelson Forsyth, one of 150 convicts transported on the Asia, 29 July 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Nelson Forsyth
Aliases: Neill Forsyth, Horatio Nelson Forsyth
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Baker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Theft
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 29th July, 1823
Arrival date: 19th January, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 80
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 25th July, 2019 wrote:

Hobart Town Gazette, 4 Mar 1825
Absconded prisoners

Neill Forsyth, 239, 5 ft. 5½ in. dark brown hair, grey eyes, 17 years of age, a baker, tried at Edinburgh Dec. 1822, sentence 14 years, born at Edinburgh, arrived per Asia, scar on fore-finger left hand, 2 moulds outside of right arm, absconded from the Public Works, March 5, 1824.—£2 Reward.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th May, 2021 wrote:

1826 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1826
No; 239
Name; Nelson Forsyth. Ship; Asia
Remarks; ABSCONDED; 5 March 1824

1830 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania.
Remarks; Absconded

D Wong on 19th May, 2021 wrote:

National Records of Scotland
Reference AD14/22/76
Precognition against Horatio Nelson Forsyth, William Bartie for the crime of theft
Dates 1822
Accused Horatio Nelson Forsyth, Age: 15, weaver, Address: Prisoner in Edinburgh, Origin: Unknown
William Bartie, Age: 17, unemployed, Address: Prisoner in Edinburgh, formerly Jock’s Lodge, Edinburgh

National Records of Scotland
Reference JC26/1822/46
Trial papers relating to Horatio Nelson Forsyth for the crime of theft. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh
Dates 9 Dec 1822
Accused Horatio Nelson Forsyth, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years

**No ship found for William Bartie.

Nelson Forsyth was listed as 17?? years old on arrival.

Native Place: Edinburgh.

Nelson was single.

Gaol Report: A common thief, very disorderly.

F & M at N.P Edinburgh John Forsyth printer, lived last with my Uncle at Newington, James Wilson.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 25th July, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Neill Forsyth, gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 19th May, 2021 made the following changes:

alias2: Horatio Nelson Forsyth, date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), crime

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