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Francis Johnston

Francis Johnston, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Francis Johnston
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Shipwright
Date of Death: 19th October, 1840
Age: 48 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: Glasgow Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 217 (111)
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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D Wong on 8th September, 2017 wrote:

National Records of Scotland
Precognition against Francis Johnston, Francis Johnston for the crime of murder at McKellar’s Land, Taylor’s Close, Greenock
Dates 1831

Accused Francis Johnston, ship carpenter, Address: McKellar’s Land, Taylor’s Close, Greenock
Victim: Margaret Johnston, wife of Francis Johnston, ship carpenter (accused), McKellar’s Land, Taylor’s Close, Greenock

Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty - culpable homicide, Sentence: Penal servitude - life.

Francis Johnston was 39 years old on arrival in VDL - he was 5’6¾” tall, dark complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, light grey eyes.

Widower with 3 children.

Worked in the Marine Department.
5/7/1839: TOL

19/10/1840: Francis died (in the Hospital) aged 45.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th October, 1840 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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