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John Scott

John Scott, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indian, July 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Scott
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 Life

Crime: Ununnatural offence
Convicted at: The Agincourt Court Martial
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indian
Departure date: July, 1810
Arrival date: 16th December, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 23 (13)
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 27th April, 2022 wrote:

Source: Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson’s Navy” by B. Burg.

“The case against Benjamin Grimshaw and John Scott at the Downs began in a usual fashion when a boy of HMS Illustrious, William Fowles, spotted the two engaged in buggery against a gun between eight and ten in the evening. He reported what he saw, a light was brought, and the men arrested.” ….
“At the trial ample testimony indicated the defendants were not drunk and three officers testified to young Fowles’ good character.”

John Scott confessed to a group of officers and marine non commissioned officers.
At the trial, there was debate over whether John Scott was offered an inducement to confess. A witness, the Marine Commander said “There was no language made use of to that effect, but Captain Broughton spoke in a very kind and conciliatory manner; which might have induced the man to suppose by such a confession he would be admitted as king’s evidence.”
The testimony of the young witness, William Fowles, “supported by a confession extracted without coercion although in what was possibly a devious manner, were sufficient for a guilty verdict. Both men were sentenced to death on 21 June 1809.”

Maureen Withey on 27th April, 2022 wrote:

SATURDAY, MAY 5.— John SCOTT, of the ship Indian, a prisoner for life, and who has been near 17 years in the Colony, charged that he had absconded from Parramatta station. This man is to be pitied ; he served some six or eight years with his last master; how, in the name of reason, can a man be so stupid, as to run from his employment ?  His calculations must be founded on a weak mind; he must now recommence his servitude. [A hint to all concerned.] The prisoner had little to say, he acknowledged his offence, and bore a sorrowful countenance.  Ordered to be returned to Parramatta.
Sydney Gazette, 6 June 1827.


NSW 1828 Census Index.
John Scott, aged 30, G.S. India, 1810, Life, protestant, Labourer, William West, Emsworth.
(William West was a farmer at Emsworth, Wallis Plains district. He had 300 acres of land, 25 acres of which were cultivated and had 3 horses.)


NSW Convict Index.
Convict Death Register.
John Scott, per Indian, Date, 7 December 1840, Newcastle Hospital.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 27th April, 2022 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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