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Samuel Peyton, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||25th June, 1788
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 6
||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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garry egtberts on 11th May, 2015 wrote:
Samuel Peyton was hanged on 25th June 1788 aged 22
D Wong on 14th May, 2015 wrote:
Samuel Peyton, was the 21st child of his parents.
25/5/1784: Tried at the Old Bailey for stealing with a value of 200 shillings. He arrived on the ‘Alexander’ and was about 19 years old on arrival.
He was put to work training a number of unskilled convict labourers in his craft. He established the first quarry on what was to be known as Bennelong Point, and over a period of some 40 years, the hillside would be slowly chiselled, creating the sheer rock face we see today.
Samuel was tried for entering the marquee of a Lieutenant of the First Fleet and stealing some shirts, stockings and combs. His plea of not guilty was supported by an assertion that he had no knowledge of how he came to be discovered in the tent. The plea was rejected. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
This is a letter he wrote to his mother, shortly before his execution:
My dear and honoured mother…
Too late I regret my inattention to your admonitions… For these, and all my other transgressions, however great, I supplicate the Divine forgiveness; and encouraged by the promises of that Saviour who died for us all, I trust to receive that mercy in the world to come, which my offences have deprived me of all hope of in this.
Sincerely penitent for my sins… and firmly relying on the merits of a Blessed Redeemer, I am at perfect peace with all mankind… Commend my soul to the Divine mercy. I bid you an eternal farewell.
Your unhappy dying Son,
25/6/1788: Samuel was hanged.
Convict Changes History
garry egtberts on 11th May, 2015 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime
D Wong on 14th May, 2015 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1765 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th June, 1788 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime