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James Kelly

James Kelly, one of 299 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Friends, April 1811

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kelly
Aliases: Watson (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft of household goods
Convicted at: Edinburgh Circuit Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Friends
Departure date: April, 1811
Arrival date: 29th September, 1811
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 301 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 41 (22)
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 8 January 1810, James Kelly alias Watson appeared at Edinburgh High Court on libel for four thefts (probably committed late 1809) - (1)silver watch from house of William Ness,Blair Street; (2)silver teaspoons and 4 guineas from John Glasgow, publican in Canongate; (3)two silver watches from house of George Dennis, North Leith; and (4)silver teaspoons and gold plate from house of James Porter, South Leith. Found Not Proven on first charge, but Guilty of others. Sentenced to be executed 21 February 1810, but respited and transported for life.  See Scots Magazine (1810) Vol.72, p 156 and McGowan, John (2013) A New Civic Order: The contribution of the City of Edinburgh Police, 1805-1812, p 155 and p 229.

Convict Changes History

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

alias1 Watson (alias) (prev. Wasson (Alias)), gender, crime

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