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William Robertson

William Robertson, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guildford, 04 April 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Robertson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Clerk
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 Life

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 4th April, 1822
Arrival date: 15th July, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 166. Trial Record, 12th July 1821– held West Register House Edinburgh Scotland. Charles Bateson “The Convict Ships 1787-1868”, A H & A W Reed Sydney. Assignment Record, Colonial Secretary – fiche 1825 - 3132 4/1841E 296 P873.
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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Denise McCracken on 28th September, 2012 wrote:

After their arrest, and while detained in the jail of Edinburgh, John Lawson, James McLaughlin and William Robertson faced trial, at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh, for stealing a silver watch. The panels faced accusations of forcibly and feloniously breaking into a jewellery shop, in West Register Street, occupied by James O’Donnell.
John Lawson pleaded guilty and received fourteen years.
James McLaughlin and William Robertson pleaded not guilty but received life and the threat of death on their re-entry to Great Britain and Ireland without lawful cause and within the aforesaid period. Allegations of previous convictions influenced James McLaughlin and William Robertson’s penalties. The verdict adjudged the panels to transportation beyond the seas.
The prisoners remained at the Jail of Edinburgh until an opportunity offered for their transportation.

The Guildford sailed from London on 7th April 1822 - the twelve-year-old, Thames built, two-decker making her 5th voyage with prisoners, under the command of Magnus Johnson. One of the best-known convict ships, she registered 521 tons and during the voyage set her best time between England and Sydney. She carried 190 male convicts, landing 189 in Sydney after one death during the passage.
After touching briefly at Teneriffe they anchored on Port Jackson on 15th July, 99 days out.

On this day, 24th July 1822, 104 Male Convicts landed from the Transport Ship Guildford 5 and forwarded by water to Parramatta to be disposed – John Lawson & James McLachlan to William Faithfull at Windsor, & William Robertson, Sexton Richmond Church Richmond, Windsor.

Convict Changes History

Denise McCracken on 28th September, 2012 made the following changes:

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