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William Montgomerie

William Montgomerie, one of 170 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 13 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Montgomerie
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1st May, 1792
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 15th September, 1860
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Ayr Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 13th March, 1828
Arrival date: 10th August, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 339 (171). Tasmanian Archives - https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/results?qu=william&qu=montgomerie
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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John Hayward on 12th January, 2012 wrote:

he was the 2nd son of John Montgomerie and Jean King married 15 Dec 1788 Beith Scotland and 30 Dec 1788 Kilbirnie Scotland.
I had been told that both Peter and William had been deported to Van Diemans Land for 14 years for passing forged notes to the value of 5,000 pounds
John Hayward My grandmother is Mary Montgomerie born lochwinnoch 23 Aug 1871
Mary died 1958 in Christchurch New Zealand Mary married John William Hayward 24 May 1898 Stratford NZ Mary’sfamily John Montgomerie and Euphemia McCulloch and their 7 children came to NZ on the Waipa from Glasgow 1880. John Hayward

Nathan on 21st July, 2017 wrote:

Baptised 03/06/1792
Caught along with his brother Dr. Peter (Patrick) Montgomerie passing a forged general note to the Paisley Bank. It is unclear whether these were seperate offences or committed together. Regardless, the brothers were charged with the same offence but
tried seperately several years apart. Both were found guilty and each sentenced to 14 years. Both were transported to Australia. William’s trial was first on September 21st 1827 in the Ayr Court of Judiciary.
He was transferred to the Hulk Justitia on the Thames in Woolwich on Nov 6th 1827.
On the 25th of March 1928 he was put on the ship Bengal Merchant and transported to Van Diemens Land. They arrived on August 10 1828. He was Convict number 663. He was assigned to several free settlers that we know of. One G.Thpomson Esq. and later W.M.Hamilton Esq. William was granted a conditional Pardon on the 19th of December in 1833. It is listed as number 540. He Married Janet (Jessie) Ainslie the following year on the 3rd of September and they welcomed their first daughter Jean Montgomerie on July 18th 1835. William was granted a Free Pardon on November 17 1836. It is listed as Number 241. A second daughter was born on February 5th 1837. On the 14th of April 1837 William was granted permission by the Leiuteneant Governor to travel to Spencers Gulf (Adelaide) however no actual travel records have been found. In 1838 the welcomed a son, William Manners Montgomerie and then in 1842 they welcomed a second Robert Manners. On the 15th of Dec 1844 it appeared they had a stillborn daughter as she is listed as Unnamed although there are few records to verify this. In 1848 they had one last daughter, Margaret Ann Montgomerie. There is evidence of William owning land in Hobart Town and it appears he may also have been the licencee of a hotel which caused him to go bankrupt as there are insolvency documents listed against his name in the 1850s. He died in Hobart on the 15th of September 1860. Cause of death is listed as heart disease.

John Jones on 19th September, 2017 wrote:

It would appear there was another son - Robert King Montgomerie who was born in Hobart about 1842 and died in 1890 at West Melbourne.
William King Montgomerie and Jessie Ainslie are listed as his parents on his death certificate - Victoria BDM 1890/3606.

Maureen Withey on 7th January, 2020 wrote:

GOVERNMENT NOTICE. (No. 236.)  Colonial Secretary’s Office, October 26, 1829.
The Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to approve of the appointment of William Montgomerie, No. 663, per Bengal Merchant, to be a Javelin Man and Constable, vice John Lamb, who is permitted to resign, having obtained a Conditional Pardon.
By His Excellency’s Command, J. BURNETT
Hobart Town Courier, 31 Oct 1829.

Convict Changes History

John Hayward on 12th January, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Nathan on 21st July, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: May, 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th September, 1960 (prev. 0000), crime

Nell Murphy on 21st July, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1st May, 1792 (prev. May, 1792), date of death: 15th September, 1860 (prev. 15th September, 1960)

Nell Murphy on 21st July, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 339 (171). Tasmanian Archives - https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/results?qu=william&qu=montgomerie (prev. Australian Joi

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