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Henry Scroop

Henry Scroop, one of 150 convicts transported on the Royal Sovereign, 29 August 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Scroop
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1898
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Sovereign
Departure date: 29th August, 1837
Arrival date: 9th January, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 131 (67)
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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Anonymous on 27th May, 2012 wrote:

It appears this Henry was in an orphanage sponsored by a scroope. Henry later adopted the name SCROOP as he did not know or have a surname of his own.

Relative on 4th September, 2012 wrote:

The information provided by Anonymous May 2012 is incorrect. Henry was not in an Orphanage. His father was William Scroop his Mother Ann. Probable occupation ChimneySweep.

Pam Barber on 25th May, 2013 wrote:

I’ve spent 20 years researching Henry Scroop, baptised Shoreditch-St. Leonard’s church in 1818, son of William and Ann. The orphan referred to is Henry’s grandfather, also known as William Scroop.  He was placed in the Thomas Coram Foundling Home in London on March 1, 1760. His parents are unknown at this stage, however, his birth name (according to an original note attached to his Admission paper) was James Blan(d)ford, from Bath.  He was re-christened at the Home as a one-month old baby, and given the name Scroop(e).  The wealthy Scroop(e) family were connected with the running of the Foundling Home.  It was not an orphanage, but a place where children who might previously have been abandoned, could be placed and cared for.  William, the Foundling, went on to become a weaver in Bethnal Green, and an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Thunderer at The Battle of Trafalgar.  I have been unable to locate a death for him.  Cheers, Pam Barber   pambarber07@gmail.com

Pam Barber on 25th May, 2013 wrote:

It is correct that Henry’s father, William, was a Chimney Sweep.  He died in an East End Workhouse in 1842, aged 59.

Convict Changes History

Pam Barber on 25th May, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1818, date of death 1898, gender

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