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James Gossip

James Gossip, one of 250 convicts transported on the General Stewart, 19 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Gossip
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Stewart
Departure date: 19th July, 1818
Arrival date: 31st December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 71 (37)
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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Anonymous on 30th September, 2011 wrote:

James Gossip was transported to Sarah Island, Macquarie harbour in the south west of Tasmainia in 1822. He absconded from there in 1825 and has not been heard of since.

D Wong on 30th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
MORRIS READY, JAMES GOSSIP, Theft > theft from a specified place, 18th February 1818.

Reference Number: t18180218-68
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death; Death

MORRIS READY and JAMES GOSSIP were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of February , at St. Marylebone , 22 silver spoons, value 12l., and 30 silver forks, value 20l., the goods of Jonathan Bullock , Esq. , in his dwelling-house .
WILLIAM PICKETT . On the 17th of February, between ten and eleven o’clock in the morning, I was standing opposite the gateway of Mr. Bullock’s house, in Cumberland-street, Portman-square , and saw the two prisoners go down the area - I am sure they are the persons - They were down there about three minutes. I saw the prisoner, Ready, come up first, and observed his hands in his pocket - He had a loose coat on. He came into the street, went to the corner of Berkeley-street, stopped there, and looked over the corner of the railing towards the house. In about a minute, or a minute and a half, I saw Gossip come out of the area, and go up to him-his hands were also in his pocket-he had the same kind of coat on. I went over to Mr. Bullock’s, went down the area-steps, and met Johnson, the butler, and told him. I lost sight of them. We both went in pursuit of the prisoners, and overtook Ready at the corner of Duke-street, Oxford-street, which is between a quarter and half a mile off. I had seen Gossip run down Somerset-street with him. While we were pursuing, they parted - I overtook Ready, and took him to the watch-house. As we went along, I saw him drop eight table-spoons - I heard them fall close to him - They were silver; Johnson picked up seven of them. I saw Ready searched at the watch-house, and eighteen silver forks, and two gravy-spoons found on him. I also saw twelve silver desert-spoons, and twelve silver forks found on Gossip- they said nothing.
JOSEPH JOHNSON. I am butler to Mr. Jonathan Bullock . Pickett gave me information- I looked in the cupboard, and missed the plate. I ran out, and pursued with him. I saw some person take Gossip- I then ran after Ready, and saw him taken also- we took him to the watch-house. I saw eight table-spoons drop from his person- I am sure they dropped from him; I picked up seven of them. I knew them to be my master’s, by the crest. I went to the watch-house, and saw eighteen large forks, and two gravy-spoons, found on him, which were Mr. Bullock’s, and had his crest on them.
WILLIAM NEWITT . I am a constable. I searched Gossip, and found twelve desert-spoons in his left-hand pocket.
WILLIAM SELLERS . I found twelve silver desert-spoons on Gossip.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
JOHN SYMONDS . I was at the corner of Pullen’s Mews, heard the alarm, ran through the mews, and saw the prisoners in Somerset-street. I seized Gossip, took him to the watch-house, and saw the property found on him.
ISAAC SEARCEY . I was coming out of a house in Duke-street, heard the cry of Stop thief! saw Ready running, and observed something in his pocket- I followed and took him. He said,
“Don’t take me, I have only broken a pane of glass”- I secured him. He got one of his hands from me, and tried to throw the eight table-spoons down an area- he threw them down. I picked one up, took him to the watch-house, and took eighteen silver forks and two gravy spoons from his pocket. I gave the one I picked up to Johnson.

READY’S Defence. We saw a butcher down the area, he beckoned to us to come down, gave us the plate out of his apron, and told us to take it to Portman-square, and he would pay us.

GOSSIP’S Defence. I went down with Ready. The butcher gave us the plate, and said he would pay us.

WILLIAM PICKETT . I was opposite the gateway, and saw no butcher.

JOSEPH JOHNSON. The butcher had been there, but had been gone sometime before I heard of the robbery.

READY - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 16.

Maurice/Morris Ready was also on board the General Stewart.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
GOSSIP, James. Per “General Stuart”, 1818

1819 Jan 13: On list of convicts disembarked from the “General Stuart” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.261)

1821: On list of convicts at Port Macquarie (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.344-5)

1821 Jun 11: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Governor Bligh” (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.38)

1823 Mar 20: Runaway from Port Macquarie; to be flogged and returned; also listed as Cossop (Reel 6057; 4/1767 pp.56-56a)

1823 Mar 20: Prisoner to be sent to Hobart per “Deveron” (Reel 6010; 4/3507 pp.489-90)

1823 Mar 21: Prisoner to be embarked on “Deveron” for Hobart (Reel 6057; 4/1767 p.109)

1823 Mar 21: Runaway from Port Macquarie. On list of convicts embarked on the “Deveron” for Hobart (Reel 6010; 4/3508 p.13)

7/5/1821: Tried in Sydney – nothing recorded in ‘Trove’.

Arrived VDL 1/1/1823

1830-1835 Musters: Absconded.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 30th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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