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John Purdie

John Purdie, one of 325 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, May 1792

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Purdie
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Admiral
Departure date: 30th May, 1792
Arrival date: 7th October, 1792
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 346 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 182
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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Roger Churm on 20th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings September 1791
Trial of John Purdie

JOHN PURDIE,was indicted for stealing,on the 19th August last,nine copper halfpence,value 4 1 1/2d.the property of William Adam.


I live in Grafton street,the prisoner lived with me as a porter;on the 19th of August,having some reason to suspect him,I marked three shillings worth of half pence,I told him to take care of the shop while I went into the yard;when I returned I missed the nine halfpence,I sent for the constable who searched him and took him to the watch -house;I was not in the yard three minutes,he was not entrusted to pay or receive,never bought or sold goods;I missed goods several times before.


I found these halfpence on the prisoner

(the halpence produced and deposed by the

Prosecutor Those halfpence that are here I marked twenty four by the letter of the alphabet and some by numbers,those which I found on the prisoner correspond with the nine missed.

The prisoner called five witnesses who gave him a good character.


Transported for seven years.

Trial by the first Middlesex jury before Mr Justice Grose.

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