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Charles Robertson

Charles Robertson, one of 200 convicts transported on the England, 31 March 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Robertson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: England
Departure date: 31st March, 1832
Arrival date: 18th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 298
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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Dianne Jones on 30th May, 2021 wrote:

CHARLES ROBERTSON appeared before the High Court, Edinburgh, twice in 1831:

TRIAL 1:

1831: Precognition against William Tennant, Charles Robertson, Thomas Otto for the crime of theft by housebreaking and opening lockfast places, habit and repute at Duke of Hamilton’s store yard, near Wester Canal Basin (or Port Hamilton Basin), Edinburgh.

Accused: William Tennant, alias Tennent; Bennet, Age: 15, ostler, Address: Thornybank, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Accused: Charles Robertson, Age: 13, shoemaker, Address: Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Accused: Thomas Otto, son of William Otto, Age: 14, distillery labourer, Address: Maitland Street, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Victims: William Leighton, West Maitland Street, Edinburgh; Peter Lang, Heriot Row, Edinburgh; William Shaw, St Anthony’s Place, Edinburgh; and John Johnston, Romilly Place, Edinburgh (see National Records of Scotland, Reference AD14/31/344).

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1831, 16 July: The three boys were tried at Edinburgh High Court:

“Trial papers relating to Thomas Otto, William Tennant, Charles Robertson for the crime of theft by housebreaking and opening lockfast places, habit and repute at Duke of Hamilton’s store yard, near Wester Canal Basin (or Port Hamilton Basin), Edinburgh. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh.

Verdicts:

Thomas Otto, son of William Otto, Verdict: Not proven, Sentence: Assoilzied simpliciter and dismissed. Previous convictions: theft.

William Tennant, alias Tennent; Bennet, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years. Previous convictions: theft.

Charles Robertson, Verdict: Not proven, Sentence: Assoilzied simpliciter and dismissed. Previous convictions: theft.” (see National Records of Scotland, Reference JC26/1831/349)

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Dianne Jones on 30th May, 2021 wrote:

TRIAL 2:

1831: Precognition against Charles Robertson, David Stewart, Andrew Lees, James Brown, James Otto, James McCulloch for the crime of theft by housebreaking, habit and repute at Canaan Grove or Canaan Bower, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh.

Accused: Charles Robertson, son of Charles Robertson, Tax gatherer, Age: 13, Address: No fixed abode, formerly Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh, with father, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Accused: David Stewart, alias Smith, Age: 14, shoemaker, Address: West Richmond Street, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Accused: Andrew Lees, labourer, Address: Hill Place, Edinburgh.

Accused: James Brown, son of James Brown, labourer, Age: 15, shoemaker, Address: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Greenock.

Accused:James Otto, son of William D., miller at Lochrin Distillery, Age: 16, Address: Wallace Place, Tobago Street, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Edinburgh.

Accused: James McCulloch, son of Mary McIntyre or McCulloch, Address: St Anthony’s Place, Edinburgh.

Victims: Catherine Syme, Canaan Grove or Canaan Bower, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh; and
John Wood, Canaan Grove or Canaan Bower, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh.

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1831, 31 December: The six boys were tried at the High Court, Edinburgh:

“Trial papers relating to Andrew Lees, Charles Robertson, James Brown, David Stewart, James McCulloch, James Otto for the crime of theft by housebreaking, habit and repute at Canaan Grove or Canaan Bower, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh.

Accused: Andrew Lees, Verdict Comments: Failed to appear Previous convictions: theft.

Accused: Charles Robertson, son of Charles Robertson, Tax gatherer Previous convictions: theft. Note: See also JC8/27, f.81r.

Accused: James Brown, son of James Brown, labourer Previous convictions: theft.

Accused: David Stewart, alias Smith, Previous convictions: theft.

Accused: James McCulloch, son of Mary McIntyre or McCulloch, Verdict Comments: Failed to appear Previous convictions: theft.

Accused: James Otto, son of William D., miller at Lochrin Distillery. Previous convictions: theft (see National Records of Scotland, Reference JC26/1831/365).

NOTE: No verdicts are recorded for the accused but it’s clear from hulk records (see below) that CHARLES ROBERTSON was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.

Dianne Jones on 31st May, 2021 wrote:

1832, 1 February: Charles Robertson, listed as 15yo, was received aboard the Euryalus hulk at Chatham. He was sent from there for transportation on 26 March 1832 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

1832, July: On arrival in VDL, he was listed as 17 and a labourer (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-6$init=CON18-1-6p165).

How to account for ageing 4 years in 12 months? At least one of these records above is incorrect.

Dianne Jones on 31st May, 2021 wrote:

1835: Muster - he was assigned to Public Works (see New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849).

D Wong on 31st May, 2021 wrote:

Charles Robertson was listed as 17 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Edinburgh.

Charles was 5’1¾” tall, sallow complexion, black hair, dark hazel eyes, scar on left cheek, Man holding a flag ins left arm Faith ins rt. Arm.

1832-33 Musters: Assigned to Mr. R. Ralton.
1835 Muster: Public works.

6/1/1837: TOL (newspaper date).
30/12/1838: COF (newspaper date).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 30th May, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Dianne Jones on 30th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), occupation

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