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James Mccoy

James McCoy, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Mccoy
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: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 14th November, 1828
Arrival date: 6th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 523 (263)
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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Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 March 2020), April 1828, trial of GILBERT WILTSHIRE JAMES McCOY (t18280410-155).
GILBERT WILTSHIRE, JAMES McCOY, Theft > stealing from master, 10th April 1828.
948. THE SAID GILBERT WILTSHIRE and JAMES McCOY were indicted for stealing, on the 21st of February , 40 bottles, value 5s., the goods of Christopher Man , their master .

CHRISTOPHER MAN. The prisoners were both in my employ - McCoy was my foreman - it was his duty to assist in loading the van, and he occasionally went out with the carman to deliver bottles. On the 21st of February they both went out with six dozens of quart bottles, to Mr. Stout - they both had access to the stock; McCoy has lived many years with me - it was his duty always to see the van loaded.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. McCoy has been with you some years? A. Yes; Wiltshire might take them without his knowledge; I did not see them loaded: I missed from fifty to one hundred dozens, allowing for breakage.

MR. BODKIN. Q. How many years have you been in the trade? A. Fourteen years; I have no doubt about my losing a great quantity of pint bottles.

COURT. Q. Is it McCoy’s duty to superintend the loading of the van? A. It was; we have occasionally carried bottles for customers who were moving, but they would be old ones.

JOHN WORCESTER . I am clerk to Mr. Man. On the 21st of February the van was to go to Brentford, at five o’clock in the morning - it was loaded the day before by the two prisoners; I was not present when they went - they came back together.

Cross-examined. Q. What was to go? A. Six dozens of quarts, but no pints.

JAMES BURRIDGE . On the 21st of February I was at my father’s house, at Hammersmith; Wiltshire came between ten and eleven o’clock, and McCoy just after him; Wiltshire asked what price we gave for bottles - I said one shilling a dozen - he went out - he and McCoy brought three dozens and four pint bottles: I said we only gave nine-pence a dozen for pints; I believe I paid Wiltshire - they were both together.

COURT. Q. Were they new bottles? A. Yes, I believe so; we sold them within an hour; I did not ask where they came from.

Cross-examined. Q. Will you swear they were new? A. No; I sold them for one shilling a dozen, and had to carry them a long way.

MR. MAN. They are worth three shillings and two-pence a dozen; McCoy knew the value of bottles - he knew the price very well.

McCOY’s Defence. I never understood I was his foreman; I had no more wages than another man.


McCOY - GUILTY . Aged 39.

Transported for Fourteen Years .


Convict Changes History

Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 made the following changes:

surname: Mccoy (prev. McCoy)

Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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