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William Knight, one of 219 convicts transported on the Somersetshire, 30 November 1841
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 60 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 15 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 415 (209)
||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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Teresa Sheridan on 13th November, 2014 wrote:
Pickwick Man Stabbed While Walking Home From Corsham With Family
At Salisbury Assizes
William Knight was indicted for cutting and stabbing Thomas Bulcock, with intent to do some grievous bodily harm. The prosecutor, who resides at Pickwick, in this county, having been on the 15th of November last to spend the evening with his father at Corsham, in company with his wife and other members of the family, on their return home about nine o’clock were met by the prisoner and William Prosser (who had been indicted with the prisoner, but the Grand Jury had thrown out the bill against him). The prisoner jostled against the prosecutor, threw him upon his back, and fell upon him. The prosecutor called out for assistance. His companions, who were in advance of him, returned, and found the prisoner upon him in the road, and having rescued the prosecutor, a fight ensued, and it was given in evidence that when the prosecutor and his party were leaving, the prisoner called our, “Come out, and I will give you some cold steel.” The prosecutor took no notice of this at the time; but on his way home felt a pain in his side, and upon reaching home he ascertained that he had been stabbed, and immediately sent for a surgeon, who discovered an oblique wound upon the ribs, an inch long, and a quarter of an inch in depth. Upon the prisoner’s apprehension, a large clasp knife was discovered upon him, which exactly fitted the cuts in the prosecutor’s clothes, and which the surgeon stated was an instrument calculated to inflict such a wound as that which ha had discovered.
The prisoner denied the charge entirely, and called as a witness Prosser (who had been indicted with him; Prosser stated that the knife which had been found upon Knight was his knife; and that he had lent it to Knight on the morning after the assault.
The jury found the prisoner Guilty, and he was sentenced to 15 year’s transportation – Counsel for the prosecution, Mr Merewether.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal, Monday, March 8 1841
Convict Changes History
Teresa Sheridan on 13th November, 2014 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime