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John Skelton

John Skelton, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Skelton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Gunsmith
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: Robbery
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/4. State Archives NSW (Indents, NRS 12188, Item 4/4004, Microfiche 634). Trove: National Library of Australia. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 90
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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Community Contributions

Robert John Willson on 9th October, 2021 wrote:

John Skelton was a member of the “Tron Riot” in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve 1812. I have written the full story of Skelton and others in an article entitled “New Year riot leads to gallows” published in the Canberra Times on September 30, 1989.

Iris Dunne on 9th October, 2021 wrote:

“New Year riot leads to gallows”
“...A fourth lad, John Skelton, was condemned to death but it was com
muted to transportation for life be cause of his previous good character. The sentence of the law was car
ried out on April 22, 1812…
...John Skelton, Robert Gunn and Alex MacDonald were all sentenced to transportation for life. Two others, George Napier and John Grotto, received sentences of 14 years’ transportation. All were found guilty of various offences of robbery….”
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120856772

Iris Dunne on 12th October, 2021 wrote:

Prison Hulk ship Retribution moored at Woolwich
Received 2 May 1812
Offence Robbery

Index: aged 21, Trade Gunsmith

Bound Indentures: aged 21
Tried 3 March 1812

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 9th October, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Trove: National Library of Australia. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 90 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 90), ge

Iris Dunne on 12th October, 2021 made the following changes:

source: UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/4. State Archives NSW (Indents, NRS 12188, Item 4/4004, Microfiche 634). Trove: National Library of Australia. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 90 (prev. T

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