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John Paton

John Paton, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Paton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 7th June, 1792
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 11th January, 1843
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Faculige (felony/false pretences)
Convicted at: Ayr Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 335 (169)
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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Mike Harvey on 17th March, 2012 wrote:

Arrived on ship "Lord Eldon" - Convict - 30/9/1817

The following is from the "Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1825"
1825 Nov 17 - Per "Lord Eldon 1817.Assigned as servant to Captain
          John Piper.Petition for mitigation of sentence;
          as PATTON (Fiche 3210; 4/1863 p.43)
*              NSWPI PIONEERS SERIES - DEATHS               *
*                  SET # 7 - 2 RECORDS                   *
*                  COMBINE: 3 AND 6                   *

INDEX YEAR         1843
FATHER           AGE 48

Rowena Anne Curtin on 19th May, 2019 wrote:

Marriage: On 22nd June, 1832 John Paton and Mary Frances Jones were married by Rev John Dunmore Lang at Scots Prebyterian Church, Sydney. John was 37 years old and Mary was 19. The witnesses were Cornelius Sheehan and Sarah Chamberlain. They had been granted permission to marry on the 14th March, 1832 by Rev Dr John Dunmore Lang.

Rowena Anne Curtin on 2nd June, 2019 wrote:

John Paton was born and baptised on the 7th June, 1792 at the Church of Scotland, Sorn Ayrshire Scotland. The parish records read:
“Was born and bap- June 7th John Paton lawfully procreal betwixt Mr John Paton of Saurston and Margaret Muir Spouses at Saurston.”
Sawerston Farm is in the Parish of Sorn, Ayrshire and the Patons lived there as early as 1702 when they were “heritors” of the parish.
On the 24th September, 1816 John Paton appeared before the Right Honourable Lord Pitmilly at the Ayr Circuit Court of Justiciary accused of “the crimes of falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition, as also forgery, and feloniously using and uttering false or forged letters, for the purpose of obtaining good under false pretences.” He pleaded Guilty. After receiving “a suitable admonition from the learned Judge, who took occasion to point out the enormity of such a crime in this commercial country, he was sentenced to transportation for life.”
However, a written, physical description of John Paton was captured in his convict record:
“Ayr 25/9/1816 sentenced to life? Ayr (residence?) gardener age 29 hght 5’9 1/2” complexion fair? Pale hair brown eyes hazel.”
His convict record states:
“Ayr 25/9/1816 sentenced to life? Ayr (residence?) gardener age 29 hght 5’9 1/2” complexion fair? Pale hair brown eyes hazel.”
1817 sentenced to transportation for life at Ayr, Scotland later commuted to 7 years ‘as he was infirmed?’
1817- 1821 working for Captain Piper
1821 Captain Piper petition to Governor Macquarie on basis of good conduct for this period Capt Pipe requests extension of the Royal Mercy
Biography of Captain Piper   http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/piper-john-2552

1828 census
Name age F/B ship year R Occupation employer remarks
Paton, John 36 FS L. Eldon 1817 P gardener   at Sarah Adams
Residence Reference
Goulburn St, Sydney PO311

John Paton (registered as “Patten”) died on the 11th January, 1843 in Maitland NSW and was buried on the 13th January, 1843 at the Campbell’s Hill Cemetery, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Mike Harvey on 17th March, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Rowena Anne Curtin on 2nd June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th June, 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th January, 1843 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 2nd June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 7th June, 1792 (prev. 17th June, 1792), crime

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