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Samuel James Pilkington

Samuel James Pilkington, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel James Pilkington
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
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 331 (167)
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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Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), January 1817, trial of SAMUEL JAMES PILKINGTON JAMES GRAY (t18170115-195).
SAMUEL JAMES PILKINGTON, JAMES GRAY, Theft > grand larceny, 15th January 1817.
343. SAMUEL JAMES PILKINGTON and JAMES GRAY , were indicted for stealing, on the 24th of December , four pair of boots, value 30s.; two pair of shoes, value 5s.; two hammers, value 6d.; two pair of pinchers, value 2s.; and one apron, value 6d. ; the property of John Coke .

JOHN COKE. I am a boot-maker , and live in Bowling-street, Clerkenwell. On the 29th of December, in the morning, when I came to my stall in Back-hill , I found the door open, the bolt of the lock broken, it was shut to, and the window broken. I missed the articles mentioned in the indictment. The next day, a man took me to a woman, who told me where my things were; the officer shewed me my property.

RICHARD EYRES . I am the watchman of Saffron-hill. About a quarter before five o’clock in the morning, I was going down Blackboy-alley, and saw the prisoner, Pilkington, in the alley, putting on a pair of half-boots, he was knocking them against the wall, he could hardly get them on; he saw me looking at him, and said, watchman shew me a light; I went up to him, a pair of old shoes were laying just by him, which he had pulled off. The prisoner, Gray, was looking round the corner and saw me, he pretended to be calling somebody to get up to go to work, but nobody answered. I heard the other watchman coming along, I called him, and we took the prisoners into custody, we took them to the watch-house and searched them, and found some small keys and a small lock on them; I found the prosecutor’s property in the cellar of an uninhabited house, close to where they were putting on the boots.

HENRY BAYS. I am keeper of the watch-house. I searched the two prisoners, and found a picklock-key and three other keys on Pilkington, and a small bolt, and a brass lock; I delivered them to the officer.

JOHN BARNLEY . I am an officer. I took a pair of boots off Pilkington. The picklock-key fits Coke’s door, very well.

(Property produced and sworn to.)


GRAY - GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


Convict Changes History

Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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