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Henry Herring

Henry Herring, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indefatigable, October 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Herring
Aliases: Milsom
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indefatigable
Departure date: October, 1814
Arrival date: 26th April, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 178 Cheltenham Chronicle Thurs Oct 6th 1814, page 2
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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Robin Sharkey on 30th May, 2017 wrote:

Cheltenham Chronicle Thurs Oct 6th 1814, page 2:

“H. Herring, who was tried some time since at the Surry assizes, for picking the pocket of the Earl of Normanton, at the Vittoria Este at Vauxhall, and sentenced to be transported – afterwards made his escape from the hulks at Woolwich – was taken and tried at the Devon Assizes on suspicion of robbing a bankers parcel, of which he was acquitted, then tried for being at large before the expiration of his former sentence, and ordered to be hung – was on Saturday morning put on board the convict ship alongside of the dockyard at Portsmouth.”

Robin Sharkey on 30th May, 2017 wrote:

Cheltenham Chronicle Thurs Oct 6th 1814, page 2:

“H. Herring, who was tried some time since at the Surry assizes, for picking the pocket of the Earl of Normanton, at the Vittoria Este at Vauxhall, and sentenced to be transported – afterwards made his escape from the hulks at Woolwich – was taken and tried at the Devon Assizes on suspicion of robbing a bankers parcel, of which he was acquitted, then tried for being at large before the expiration of his former sentence, and ordered to be hung – was on Saturday morning put on board the convict ship alongside of the dockyard at Portsmouth.”

Robin Sharkey on 30th May, 2017 wrote:

Herring’s original crime was described as following when he was first charged:

Hampshire Chronicle, Monday, 26 July 1813, page 3:

“UNION HALL – Henry Hall was also brought up on a similar charge [i.e. to the preceding case of picking pockets in Vauxhall Gardens]. The Earl of Normanton stated that, being at Vauxhall, he felt some person push against him, and immediately after felt a hand draw something out of his pocket. His Lordship instantly turned round and seized the prisoner by the wrist, upon which he dropped his Lordship’s snuff-pox. The Earl then delivered him over to Collingburn, an officer. The prisoner, who said he was shopman to Mr Hookham, the bookseller, in Bond Street, was committed for trial.”

Robin Sharkey on 30th May, 2017 wrote:

FIRST TRIAL:
Morning Post Sat 14 August 1813, page 3
“Henry Herring has been tried at Croydon, and convicted, for picking the pockets of the Earl of Normanton at the Vauxhall Fete, and sentenced to transportation for life.”

LATER ESCAPE AND DETECTION:
Morning Chronicle Sat 6 August 1814, page 3
DEVON August 1st
[Recounting the trial of Henry Herring for picking the pocket of Earl of Normanton].
“It appeared that the prisoner, together with some other persons, was apprehended at Exeter on 10th February last on suspicion of having been concerned in stealing a parcel of bank notes of considerable value, the property of Messrs Major and Co of the Columb bank, Cornwall.  The evidence however not being sufficient for grounds for committing them for trial, they were discharged, with the exception of Herring who was detained in consequence f Davey, a constable of Exeter, who apprehended him, having seen a description of his person in the Hue and Cry, as having escaped from the Hulks. He was therefore detained in custody, and information as sent to the Magistrates at Union Hall.  Collingbourn being the person who apprehended him at Vauxhall, was dispatched by the Magistrate to attend the trial and identified him immediately as being the person who had escaped from the hulks and whom he had apprehended at Vauxhall on the night of the Vittoria Fete. Upon this evidence, he was convicted and sentence of death was passed on him.

“A few days previous to the trial he had nearly succeeded in an attempt he made to escape; he had almost completed a subterranean passage under the stairs of the cell in which he was confined and which would have placed him without side the walls of the prison, when he was detected in his employment by the gaoler. He had succeeded also at this time in cutting his irons almost asunder. After this discovery precautions were taken which effectually prevented his escape.”

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2021 wrote:

NOTICE. — The following Prisoners having absented themselves, all Constables and others are hereby strictly required to use their utmost Exertions in apprehending and lodging them in safe Custody.
Henry Herring, alias Milsom, a Clerk, tried at Exeter in August 1814 : — for life.

Sydney Gazette, 20 Apr 1816.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 30th May, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 178 Cheltenham Chronicle Thurs Oct 6th 1814, page 2 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Num

Maureen Withey on 9th April, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Milsom, occupation

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