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John Lyall, one of 200 convicts transported on the Earl Spencer, May 1813
Name, Aliases & Gender
||Duncanson (alias), Duncan
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 59 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 102
||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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John McGowan on 25th October, 2013 wrote:
On 3 January 1811, Adam Lyall along with his brother - the subject John Lyall appeared at Edinburgh High Court on a libel - 25 October 1810 armed robbery (with pistol)off Matthew Boyd, cattle dealer at Sheriffmuir and stealing £126. John Lyall feign insanity, was detained in Edinburgh Tolbooth, but later discharged. Adam Lyall was convicted and executed 27 March 1811.
In January 1812, while in pursuit of two culprits who had fled to Glasgow after committing robberies during the Edinburgh Hogmanay Riots, 1811/1812, Edinburgh detective Archibald Campbell came across John Lyall, in custody at Glasgow Tolbooth (reasons unknown) under the name Duncanson. As a consequence, on 1 June 1812, John Lyall alias Duncanson, stood trial again at Edinburgh High Court for the 1811 robbery. The defence claimed ‘mental incapacity’ but rejected and found guilty. After submission for leniency - transportation for life. See Edinburgh Evening Courant (No.15,760) dated 18 June 1812 for trial; and McGowan, John (2013)A New Civic Order: The contribution of the City of Edinburgh Police, 1805-1812, p 271, pp 294-295 and p 317
D Wong on 25th October, 2013 wrote:
Listed as John Duncan:
18/4/1818: On lists of runaways returned from India per “Greyhound”.
27/1/1821: Transported to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson”
Jan. 1822: Sentenced to 50 lashes for being absent from Quarters, Newcastle.
Nov. 1824: Assigned to Government Service, sentenced to 50 lashes by the Commandant for theft at King’s Stores.
3/1/1825: Runaway from Newcastle in a Government boat. Retaken.
1834: TOL Maitland.
Convict Changes History
John McGowan on 25th October, 2013 made the following changes:
alias1 Duncanson (alias) (prev. Duncanson (Alias)), gender, crime
D Wong on 25th October, 2013 made the following changes:
alias2, date of birth 1793