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Eleanor Munro, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814
Name, Aliases & Gender
||Munro, Helen (alias), Ellen Monroe
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 58 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 191 (97)
||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 17th February, 2021 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 February 2021), January 1814, trial of ELLEN, alias ELEANOR MUNROE (t18140112-62).
ELLEN MUNROE, Theft > grand larceny, 12th January 1814.
133. ELLEN, alias ELEANOR MUNROE , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of December , twenty-four yards of linen cloth, value 30 s. the property of Robert Mann , George Mann and Thomas William Philpot .
WILLIAM WRIGHTON . I am porter to Robert Mann , George Mann, and Thomas William Philpot ; they are linen-drapers , Parliament-street, Westminister .
Q. On the 23d of December were you in the shop - A. Yes, I was; I saw the prisoner in the back shop; she was being served, and when she was served by Mr. Philpot, the gentleman who is here, he stopped and talked to another lady in the back shop. I was going to open the door for her; as she was coming to the door she stared me very hard in the face. I saw under her shawl a piece which is now here; I suspected she stole it. I let her out, and shut the door; I went back, and asked Mr. Philpot if he had sold her the cloth; he answered he had not. I had let her go out of the shop; I went after her, and caught her about fifty yards from the shop; I laid held of her arm, and under her arm was a piece of Irish linen; I asked her what she had got, to go back with me. She said she had got nothing at all. I took her back to the door; she held the cloth to Mr. Philpot; she said, this is not yours. Mr. Philpot took the cloth from her, and then he charged a constable with her; she escaped from the constable. I went over to her lodgings at Lambeth with the officer, and there we found her bonnet and shawl that she had on when she committed the theft.
Q. Now, what was this Irish linen that she had under her arm - A. Twenty-five yards, value one pound eighteen shillings.
Q. Had you seen it that day before - A. Yes, not ten minutes before I took notice of it laying on thecounter. I knew the piece of cloth myself, by taking that and another piece myself to Union-place, Lambeth; I left it with, the lady all night: I marked the prices, and left both pieces, and the young man fetched it back in the morning, and left it on the counter.
Q. You had seen it on the counter ten minutes before the prisoner came in the shop, had you - A. Yes; it was the same piece that was found on her.
Mr. Alley. This is charged privately stealing; you saw it under her arm as you shut the door - A. Yes.
Q. There was somebody else in the shop serving, who is not here to-day - A. Yes.
COURT. Was there any alarm given by any other person in the shop that saw her take it. Did any body see her take it - A. No.
JOHN THOMAS WATSON . I am a constable. I received charge of the prisoner of Mr. Mann; I was going to take her to prison, and I met Darvill, the constable: the woman said she wanted to go to her lodgings in Stratton-ground, Westminster. I told Darvill the circumstance; he said he would search her; he searched her, and took a ten pound note and a five pound note from her. She wanted to go into the yard; I let her go into the yard: she escaped. She was taken in about three quarters of an hour afterwards. That is all I know, except the linen I marked it when it was given to me.
Prosecutor. That is my property; I value it at thirty-eight shillings; it is worth more than that.
Q. to Wrighton. Is that the linen - A. Yes, it is.
The prisoner left her defence to her counsel; called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.
GUILTY - DEATH , aged 28.
[ The prisoner was recommended to mercy by the jury, on account of her good character .]
Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Dallas.
List of 16 female convicts discharged from the Public Factory at Parramatta and to be forwarded to the Derwent, on board His Majesty’s Armed brig Emu, Lieutenant Forster R. N. Commander. January 27th 1816.
Ellen Munroe per Northampton, Tried O.B. London, Jan 1814, Life.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 17th February, 2021 made the following changes:
alias1: Munro, Helen (alias) (prev. Munro, Helen (Alias)), alias2: Ellen Monroe, date of birth: 1786 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime