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William Keenan

William Keenan, one of 200 convicts transported on the Somersetshire, March 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Keenan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Somersetshire
Departure date: March, 1814
Arrival date: 16th October, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 157 (80)
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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Maureen Withey on 2nd December, 2019 wrote:

Tried at the Old Bailey. (online)
WILLIAM KEENAN, Theft > grand larceny, 2nd December 1812.

103. WILLIAM KEENAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of November , a coach-glass, value 30 s. the property of James Hunter .

JAMES HUNTER . I am a coach-maker , Upper Berkley-street, Portman-square . On the 3d of November I detected the prisoner taking this coach-glass out of a coach in my shop. This coach was exactly in the middle of the shop; it was the distance of three carriages from the door. He had got the glass from the carriage before I got to him. He left it in the bottom of the body when he saw me. I seized him. This glass is worth thirty shillings. It would cost more to replace it. When the constable searched him the string that pulled up the glass was found in his hat.

Prisoner’s Defence. What he says is all perfectly right.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

William Keenan was on a List of 40 male convicts embarked on the Brig Kangaroo for the Derwent. 13th April 1816.


No. 32. Willm. Keenan, Somersetshire,  Convicted at Middx. G.D., 2 Dec 1812, Sentence – 7 Years, Cert. 2 Dec 1819.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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