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William Mcmackin

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Mcmackin
Aliases: Mcmacken, Mcmacking, Macken, Makin
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: School teacher
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: No details
Convicted at: Downpatrick/County Down/Meath
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Dorothy
Departure date: 5th May, 1820
Arrival date: 29th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts

References

Primary source: 1. NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849 2. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856 3. NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842, Bound Indentures 1820-1821
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Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 wrote:

NOTE re his OCCUPATION, CRIME and PLACE of CONVICTION - the above selections were made from the available options. Below are the full details:

1820: William McMackin, a schoolboy, aged 20, was sentenced to life for sodomy. He was convicted at Down, at the Lent sessions in 1820 (NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849).

1820, 2 June: On list of three prisoners on the Dorothy who were “unironed” for being “orderly characters” (see UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856).

1820, September: William McMackin, convicted at Down, Lent 1820; life; native of County Donegal, schoolboy, 20, 5’5½”, fair to pale complexion, black hair, hazel eyes (see NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842, Bound Indentures 1820-1821).

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 wrote:

1820, 29 September: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Dorothy” and forwarded to Emu Plains for distribution; listed as McMacken (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, p293).

1820: William McMacking, per Dorothy, convicted 1819 at Down (see NSW Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834, Male L-Y 1820).

1823, 26 August: On a list of prisoners assigned – William Macken, per Dorothy, assigned to the Rev Mr Fulton, Castlereagh (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, Special Bundles, 1794-1825).

1823, 30 August: On return of convicts discharged from the Establishment, Emu Plains, to Revd H Fulton. He appears as Makin (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856).

1824, 6 May: William Mackin, Dorothy, is a convict servant of Mr J W Fulton. To be victualled from the Stores at Bathurst for six months (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856).

1825, 25 July: On return of Government servants transferred by the Bench of Magistrates, Penrith, from Revd H Fulton to Port Macquarie on 31 May (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
Main Series of Letters Received, 1788-1826). Note: Presumably this did not occur, based on his petition to the Governor from jail in Sydney, in November 1825 (see below).

1825, 31 October: Listed as McKin or Mackin, William, a convict per Dorothy, and a general servant to Rev H Fulton at Evan. A further notation says he is also called Mac or McMackin (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849, NSW General muster M-Z 1825).

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 wrote:

1825, 3 November: William McMackin petitions Governor Brisbane from Sydney jail.

He says he was a servant to Rev Henry Fulton at Castlereagh, and was convicted by John McHenry JP at Penrith, on 31 May 1825, on a charge of “insolent and abusive conduct towards his master and mistress”. McHenry sentenced him to receive 100 lashes and transportation to Port Macquarie for three years.

He says he received “all of the corporal punishment” he was sentenced to and has “already suffered upwards of 23 weeks in confinement” in Sydney jail. He asks for remission of his term of transportation [to Port Macquarie].

The Governor agrees he has been punished enough and “pardons all further punishment” (see NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856, Petitions To The Governor From Convicts For Mitigations of Sentences).

1829, 3 March: On list of prisoners granted Tickets of Leave – William McMackin, Dorothy (Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser, 5 Mar 1829, p1).

1829, 24 March: Ticket of Leave – returned mutilated, and cancelled; issued with a new ToL 37/469 (see NSW Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869, Ticket of leave butts, Aug 1828-May 1829).

1832, 15 November: Ticket of Leave renewed; allowed to remain in the District of Maitland; then altered for Patricks Plains (see NSW Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869, Ticket of leave butts, Jul 1832-May 1833).

No date: ToL cancelled for drunkenness and keeping a disorderly house.

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 wrote:

1832: Admitted to Newcastle jail, William McMachin, 32; his [now familiar] features are described, along with the notation that he is “cross-eyed” (see NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930, Description Book Newcastle 1832-1833).

1834, 13 March: William McMackin 34, per Dorothy, life, and Margaret Burke, 20, per Diana, 14 years, granted permission to marry; application lodged at Newcastle (see NSW Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851, Granted 1834).

1834, 14 April: The above application was later refused on the grounds of a complaint against Margaret Burke’s behaviour by her mistress (see NSW Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851, Refused 1834).

1834: There is, however, a record in NSW BDM of the marriage of William MacMacken to Margaret Burke in 1834, registration no. 1417/1834 V1834141718.

1835, 21 November: Granted a Conditional Pardon; he is a clerk; born 1800; 5’6 ½” sallow complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes with cast inward in left eye, and scar on left eyebrow (see NSW Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870, Conditional 1835).

1836, 23 April: Admitted William McMackin per Dorothy, Presbyterian, teacher; he was returned to the government, Patricks Plains, on 28 May (see NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930, Entrance and Description Book Newcastle 1833-1837).

1836, 12 August: Admitted to Newcastle jail from Patricks Plains, William McMackin, clerk, bond; 14 days, ToL cancelled; discharged to master on 26 August (see NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930, Entrance and Description Book Newcastle 1833-1837).

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 wrote:

1837, 8 March: Ticket of Leave renewed for William McMackine, Dorothy; “allowed to remain in the District of Patricks Plains” (see NSW Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869, Ticket of leave butts, Nov 1836-Apr 1837; and NSW Government Gazette, 15 March, Issue 267, p253).

1839, 1 August: Conditional Pardon granted; entered on record 13 July 1840 (see NSW Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870, Conditional 1839-1840 (Reel 778)).

1840: Conditional Pardon renewed (see NSW Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870, Conditional 1840).

1859: A William Mackin’s death in 1859 was registered at Parramatta, NSW, reg no 4539 and V18591180 146. However, a William Macken’s [sic] death in 1859, also recorded at Parramatta with NSW BDM, was registered as no. 10938/1894.

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2020 wrote:

1820, 29 February: Admitted to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; listed as William McMeekan, and charged with “sodomy”. Ordered to be transmitted to the Co Down (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 for William McMeekan, Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

1820, 3 March: Discharged from Kilmainham for transmission to Downpatrick. There he was prisoner #852; a schoolboy/clerk, tried at Down (see http://www.downcountymuseum.com/About-Us/The-Gaol/Down_Convicts/Down_Convicts_Details.aspx?id=852).

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2020 wrote:

1820, 21 April: Readmitted as prisoner #5187 William McMacken to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, and listed as “Convict from the County Down”; to be “transmitted to Cork”.

1820, 23 April: Sent to the Cork Convict Depot by order of Government (see Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924, Dublin Kilmainham 1815-1910).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: 1. NSW, Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls… 1790-1849 2. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856 3. NSW Convict Indents, 1788-1842, Bound Indentures 1820-1821 (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Mcmacki

Dianne Jones on 19th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1859 (prev. 0000)

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