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John Purdie, one of 325 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, May 1792
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Middlesex Quarter Sessions
30th May, 1791
7th October, 1792
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 346 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 182
||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.
WILLIAM ADAM sworn
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.