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John Grotto

John Grotto, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Grotto
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 14 years

Crime: Robbery with violence
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 90
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

John McGowan on 25th October, 2013 wrote:

On 27 March 1812, subject John Grotto along with George Napier appeared at Edinburgh High Court, on a libel for four assault and robberies committed during the Edinburgh Hogmanay Riots 1811/1812 - victims (1)Humphrey Cochrane; (2)Peter Bruce; (3) John Buchan Brodie and (4)Nicol Allan. Grotto pled guilty to robbery of John Brodie only and accepted by the Crown. Both were transported for 14 years. See Scots Magazine (1812), Vol.74, p 249-250 and McGowan, John (2013) A New Civic Order: The contribution of the City of Edinburgh Police, 1805-1812, p 271, p 284 and p 314.

John McGowan on 25th October, 2013 wrote:

Subject Grotto at time of his arrest was a soldier with the 94th Regiment of Foot.

Convict Changes History

John McGowan on 25th October, 2013 made the following changes:

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