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Dudley Hartigan

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Dudley Hartigan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: Gentleman's servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Political prisoner
Convicted at: Ireland, Tipperary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 24th August, 1799
Arrival date: 11th January, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 233 other convicts


Primary source: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday April 7 1798, p.4
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Community Contributions

Eric Harry Daly on 30th December, 2012 wrote:

1819 Aug 27
Application for his children to be admitted to Female Orphan Institution (Reel 6040; 4/403 p.36)
1822 Oct 31
Appointed as Constable, Liverpool (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.112)
1822 Dec
Constable at Liverpool. Witness in the trial of Michael Dwyer (Reel 6058; 4/1769 pp.40e-g)
1822 Dec 24
Constable on duty at Liverpool Store. Accused of theft from the store (Reel 6054; 4/1757 pp.115-6)
1823 Jan 15
Dismissed (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.121)
1823 Mar 4
Re appointment of (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.392)

Denis Pember on 14th April, 2016 wrote:

Dudley married Mary Ann Akers (Ackers) May 5th 1806 at Parramatta.
Dudley Hartigan of the parish of Hawkesbury and Mary Akers of ditto were married in this church by banns this fifth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and six by me Samuel Marsden.
Dudley signed the register and Mary made her X mark in the register.
in the presence of Thomas Akers who sighed the register and Ann Akers who made her X mark in the register.
Mary Ann was born in the colony, the daughter of Thomas Ackers (First Fleet Convict, Charlotte, 1788) and Ann Hinchley (Third Fleet Convict, Mary Ann, 1791).
Dudley and Mary Ann had 5 children.

Robin Sharkey on 13th April, 2018 wrote:



Dudley Hartigan had held a very responsible job before he was transported. He was the steward for John O’Brien Esq of Grange in Waterford.

John McGrath would have held property, and his steward’s role was to manage his property. The steward was responsible for finding tenants to lease to, getting in the rents, negotiating leases, recommending and supervising improvements to the property, overseeing any other ‘head’ roles such as the head gardener.  He paid all the workers, and needed to keep accounts in good order. It was essential that the steward was trustworthy, and a faithful employee, acting only in his employer’s interests.

Dudey Hartigan had this type of job.  It must have therefore been considered rather shocking that he would be involved in the political activities that were going on in the lead up to the rebellion of 1798.

In early 1798, before rebellion broke out in May, Dudley was charged with administering an unlawful oath to his own employer, John McGrath Esq. He was also accused of levying a charge on McGrath, presumably in support of the rebellion movement, or as some punishment.

There were several men charged at the Waterford Assize Sessions that Lent with administering unlawful oaths. Most were acquitted. The oaths being administered throughout Ireland at this time were in support of the goals of the United Irishmen.

On Tuesday 3rd April 1798, Dudley Hartigan was found not guilty of administering the oath to, or levying, McGrath. However, the next day, Wednesday 4th April he faced further charges, which were not described in the newspaper report, and was found guilty.  It was these he was transported for. It was very likely, given his activity with McGrath, that the other charges were for administering oaths to other people, or other United-Irishmen related activity.

Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday April 7 1798, p.4
“Waterford, April 5
“Yesterday evening, the business in the city court ended – that in the county ‘court] is adjourned until Thursday next, and this day the judges are to proceed to Clonmell [sic] where they are to open their commission tomorrow. We understand there are upwards of 60 persons to be tried in that county.
” ... “Tuesday Dudley Hartigan, for administering two oaths to John McGrath Esq, of Grange, to whom he was steward, and levying a contribution of 1s on his said master, was acquitted.”
“Yesterday, Dudley Hartigan, who was tried on Tuesday and acquitted, was put to the bar again this day on another indictment, found guilty, and sentenced to be transported for life.”

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 30th December, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 99 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1774, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Robin Sharkey on 13th April, 2018 made the following changes:

source: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday April 7 1798, p.4 (prev. http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au)

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