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John Legg

John Legg, one of 112 convicts transported on the Proteus, 12 April 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Legg
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
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 14 years

Crime: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Wilts. Special Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Proteus
Departure date: 12th April, 1831
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 111 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 86
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 10th November, 2019 wrote:

John Legg was convicted at the Wiltshire Special Commission, which was set up during January 1831, to deal swiftly with those agricultural workers who were arrested after the “Swing Riots”. During November and early December 1830, large crowds of impoverished agricultural workers gathered at night to break threshing-machines, which they saw as taking away their already, very low paid work, reduced further because the land owners were reducing the wages of the men due to decreases in the value of the corn they were producing. They demanded token sums of one or two sovereigns of the landowners if they left the farms.

London Courier, 10 Jan 1831
Wilts Special Commission
Saturday, Jan 8.  (Before Mr Justice Parke)
W. Legg, aged 28; T. Legg, 21; and J. Legg, 18, were charged with breaking thrashing-machines, the property of R. Shewry, of Hannington.  The Jury Acquitted William Legg, and found his two brothers guilty.

John Legg, 14 yrs, 19, ploughman, single, from Hannington, Wilts. Death commuted to 14 yrs, transported on the Proteus, arriving Aug 4 1831 in Van Dieman’s Land. Conditional pardon, 6 April 1838. Source: Tasmanian Records.

Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 wrote:

Tasmanian Convict Indent:
Brother to Thos. Legg. age 19, ploughman,native place, Hannington , Wilts; single.

Maureen Withey on 14th November, 2019 wrote:

National Archives - Medical Journal by Thomas Logan, Surgeon of Convict Ship Proteus, 6 April - 8 Aug 1831.
ADM 101/62/2/3
John Legg, aged 18; sick or hurt, cynanche ton[sil]; put on sick list, 22 July 1831. Discharged 27 July 1831 sent to hospital.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 made the following changes:


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