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Charles Laing

Charles Laing, one of 160 convicts transported on the Surrey, 29 September 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Laing
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Stationer
Date of Death: 17th September, 1819
Age: 22 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 29th September, 1818
Arrival date: 4th March, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 107 (55)
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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Tony Beale on 2nd May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey online
174. CHARLES LAING was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Mitchell , Esq . about the hour of five in the night of the 9th of January , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein one coat, value 8s., and three handkerchiefs, value 3s., the property of Jacob Harding .

AMELIA HARDING . My husband’s name is Jacob; he is coachman to John Mitchell, Esq. who lives at No. 42. Charles-street, Cavendish-square. The stables are behind the house, and connected with it - They are No. 42, Lambeth-mews ; my husband was not in town at the time of the robbery, and I and my children slept in the room over the stable. On the night of Friday, the 9th of January last, the witness, Carr, came to Ogle-mews, where I was, and called me, I went to the stable and did not miss anything at first, but afterwards I missed the coat in question, from a box, and the handkerchiefs. I had been at the stable, and left all safe about four o’clock that afternoon; I did not miss the things until after the prisoner had been taken.

AMELIA HARDING . I am the daughter of the last witness. I locked up the stable, and left all safe; the things had all been taken from different boxes.

JOHN CARR . I am groom to Mr. Badewell, Queen-street, May Fair. I went to the prosecutor’s stable to ask for the coachman’s son, and saw a light up stairs; as soon as I touched the door it flew open, I went in, and saw two men on the stairs - I could see them by the light that was above; I came out directly, they shut the door after me and bolted it. I went to a coachman, who was at a stable on the opposite side, and told him; he went and listened at the door, and heard the latch go, we then went up a little further, and two men came out, one of whom was the prisoner, he passed by me, but I did not speak to him. They ran off.

WILLIAM SCRUTON . I was in the mews on the night in question, and saw two men come out of Mr. Mitchell’s stable-the prisoner was one of them. I pursued him, and caught him before he had got out of my sight.

JOHN PETTIT . I am a coachman. I was in Lambethmews on the night in question, and heard a cry of, Stop thief! I came down stairs directly, and saw the young man secured. I picked up the property on Mr. Mitchell’s dung-heap-the prisoner must have ran past that dungheap in endeavouring to make his escape.
GUILTY. Aged 21. Height 5’ 7 1/4” Calling : book seller

Of Stealing only .

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Abbott.

Tasmanian libraries
Gaol record 8/6/1819 drunk and disorderly 1 week for the govenor in his own time

The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter (Tas. : 1816 - 1821)  Sat 18 Sep 1819 Page 1

A Coroner’s Inquest sat this afternoon on the body of an unfortunate man named Charles Lang, who died suddenly yesterday at noon. It appeared from the testimony of the evidence, that the deceased, who recently arrived in the Colony, had gone to bed apparently in good health on Thursday
evening, and after having been asleep a few hours, was seized with most alarming fits, in which melancholy situation the poor sufferer continued till he breathed his last at 12 o’clock on the day following. Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

Convict Changes History

Charles on 12th December, 2013 made the following changes:


Tony Beale on 2nd May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th September, 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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