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James Robinson

James Robinson, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Robinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Printer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 329 (166)
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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Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), February 1816, trial of JAMES ROBINSON CHARLOTTE DAVEY (t18160214-82).
JAMES ROBINSON, CHARLOTTE DAVEY, Theft > grand larceny, 14th February 1816.
259. JAMES ROBINSON and CHARLOTTE DAVEY were indicted for stealing, on the 30th of January . one bonnet, value 10s. two yards of linen, value 4s. two shirts, value 2s. five handkerchiefs, 5s. one cloak, value 2s. two pair of stockings, value 1s. and one bunch of keys, value 5s. the property of John Heming .

ELIZABETH HEMING . I am the wife of John Heming, who is a brush-maker , and lives in Broad-court, Covent-garden . These things were taken out of a cup-board in our dining-room.

ELIZABETH WOODMAN . I know both the prisoners at the bar. I saw them at my mistress’s house between two and three o’clock in the afternoon of the 30th of January; they came to ask for lodgings. I shewed them into the dining-room on the first floor. There was a bill up for lodgings. I left them in the room whilst I went down to tell my mistress that they wanted lodgings. I returned, and then the man had gone away. and left the woman standing in the room. My mistress did not come up at all. I immediately missed the keys of the cup-board, and said neither he or she should be there, and she immediately ran down after him. Then we sent for a blacksmith to pick the lock of the cup-board, and missed the things mentioned in the indictment.

JOSIAH SHERGOLD . I am an officer; I apprehended the prisoners in Gray’s-inn-lane, on the 30th of January, charged with another robbery. I applied to Mrs. Heming the same evening. On the man I found a straw bonnet; it was in his bosom. In his hat I found two shirts, in his pocket I found four handkerchiefs and the keys, also two pair of stockings and a small purse; all claimed by Mrs. Heming. I found a silk handkerchief on the woman, between her bonnet and her head; the cloak I found close to where she stood, on the ground I found them both in a pawnbroker’s passage. The man ran away at first, but I purshed him and brought him back.


DAVEY, GUILTY , aged 22.

Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.


Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2021 wrote:

1824 - Certificate of Freedom.
No; 84/1781 in lieu of No; 28/825. Disposed to be lost
Name; James Robinson
Ship and arrival year; Lord Eldon - 1817 -
When and where tried; Middlesex G. D. - 14 Feb 1816
Sentence; 7 years
Native County; London
Trade; Printer
Age; 30 years
Height; 5 ft. 5 in
Complexion; Ruddy
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Brown
Date of Certificate; 22 Jan 1824

1825 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. 1825
Name; James Robinson
Age; No Details
Class: No Details
Vessel; Lord Eldon - 1817
Employment/Remarks; CLEARED out in Brig ?? 1824

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th September, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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