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Mary Randall

Mary Randall, one of 121 convicts transported on the Morley, 17 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Randall
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: 17th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 123 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 327 (165)
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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Maureen Withey on 16th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 February 2020), February 1820, trial of MARY RANDALL (t18200217-57).
MARY RANDALL, Royal Offences > coining offences, 17th February 1820.

406. MARY RANDALL was indicted for that she, on the 31st of January , in the 1st year of the reign of George IV. at St. Marylebow, feloniously did dispose of and put away a certain forged and counterfeit Bank note (setting it forth, No. 12140, 1 l., dated November 11, 1819, signed J. C. Baker), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England , well knowing the same to be forged and counterfeited .

SECOND COUNT, for feloniously offering to John Minto a like forged and counterfeit Bank note, with a like intent, knowing it to be forged.

THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS, the same, only calling the forged instrument a promissory note for payment of money instead of a Bank note.

FOUR OTHER COUNTS, the same, only stating the prisoner’s intent to be to defraud the said John Minto .

EIGHT OTHER COUNTS, the same, only stating the felony to have been committed on the 29th of January, in the 60th year of the reign of George III., instead of the 31st of January, in the 1st year of the reign of George IV.

SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH COUNTS, the same as the first two, only stating the felony to have been committed on the 29th of January, without mentioning in whose reign.

NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH COUNTS, the same as the two last, only stating the prisoner’s intent to be to defraud the said John Minto .

Counsel as before.

JOHN MINTO . I am a fishmonger , and live in Cow-lane, West Smithfield . On the 29th of January, at a few minutes before or after nine o’clock at night, the prisoner came to my shop, and purchased a quarter of a hundred of herrings, which came to 2 s. 3 d., and tendered me a 1 l. note. I took it out of her hand, and on looking at it, I suspected it, by the face being so glossy. I asked her for her address? she said,

“Jones, No. 25, White-street, back of St. George’s church, Borough.” I asked her where she got it from? she said from her husband, who was a coal-heaver, but she did not know who his master was. Her giving such an address, and her coming such a distance strengthened my suspicions, and I told her she could purchase herrings much cheaper nearer home; she said she wanted to get change to pay a person a few shillings. I told her to wait in the shop while I took it to a neighbour to ask if it was good. I left her with Mrs. Minto, and took it to a neighbour two doors off, and put it into his hand, but did not lose sight of it; he gave me back the same note, and returned with me - the prisoner was in the shop. I desired her to go into the parlour, then sent for Pike, the officer, who searched her, and found 1 s. 6 d. on her; I gave him the note, and he took it with her to the Compter. I went to the Compter directly after, and she there gave me her name as Mary Randall , No. 46, White-street - she before said No. 25.

Prisoner. Q. Was not the note given into several person’s hands - A. Yes, five or six neighbours had it in my parlour, but I had it in sight all the time.

THOMAS PIKE . I am a constable. On the 29th of January I was sent for, and found the prisoner at Minto’s; they said she had uttered a forged note; Minto gave it to me, and said he suspected it. I did not like to take her into custody without being satisfied that it was forged, and took it to a person, who satisfied me that it was - it was not out of my sight. I kept it in my possession, wrapped in a piece of paper, until I delivered it to a young man at the Bank, who marked it in my presence; I saw him write my name on it. It is the same note I received from Minto.

Q. Did you inquire in White-street - A. Yes, the next day I went and made every inquiry at Nos. 46, and 25, and at different numbers, but could find no such person - she said at the Compter it was 46; I inquired for both names. I heard her tell Minto that her name was Jones; I did not hear the residence she gave him.

ANTHONY SNELLGROVE . I am an inspector of Bank notes at the Bank. On the 31st of January Pike produced a note to me at the Bank - (looks at one) - this is it; I marked it, and wrote my own name and Pike’s on it, in his presence. It is forged in every respect.

MICHAEL RICHES . I occupy No. 25, White-street, Southwark, at the back of St. George’s Church, and have lived there twenty years; the prisoner did not live there - I do not know her, nor any person named Jones or Randall.

WILLIAM THOROUGHGOOD . I have occupied No. 25, White-street for two years and a half; it is the same house as Riches, only there are two entries. Neither the prisoner or any person named Jones or Randall lived there; there is no other No. 25. I do not know the prisoner.

WILLIAM CHANCE . On the 29th of January I occupied No. 46, White-street, Southwork; the prisoner did not live there - I do not know her - neither Jones or Randall lived there. I have lived there nine years, and have no lodgers.

JOHN LEES . I am an inspector of Bank notes. The notes is forged in every respect; the signature is not the writing of Baker - I am well acquainted with it.

JOHN COLD BAKER . I am a signing-clerk. The signature to the note is not my writing. It is a very good imitation.

(The note was here put in and read.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming from Salisbury, and met a bargeman at Brentford. I was in distress, and he gave me the note to stop with him till the morning. He said his name was Jones, and gave the me address which I have given, as I had no residence of my own.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 29.

London Jury, before Mr. Justice Richardson.

RANDALL, Mary. Per “Morley”, 1820

1820 Sep 22 - On list of convicts disembarked from the “Morley” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.274)

1821 May 5,7 - Re permission to marry at Liverpool (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.21)

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 16th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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