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Edward Turleigh Smith

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Turleigh Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1761
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 4th July, 1821
Age: 60 years

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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Ireland, Cork
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis Cornwallis
Departure date: 9th August, 1795
Arrival date: 11th February, 1796
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 46 other convicts


Primary source: Rootsweb, Worldconnect database. Hall, Barbara; "A Desperate Set Of Villains"
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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 24th August, 2015 wrote:

Received conditional pardon on 31 January 1814.

Married Jane Maher (Convict, Britannia, 1797). They had 2 children.

Phil Hands on 24th September, 2017 wrote:

Edward, who had a lengthy criminal record in Mendoza’s gang, which ranged all over Ireland, setting up illegal lotteries, coining (counterfeiting), highway robbery and swindling the gullible. Probably from Dublin, Edward, his brother James Smith and Mendoza were finally tried and convicted in Cork and sentenced to death. Edward was actually taken out to be hanged but was reprieved at the last minute and the trio had their papers marked ‘transported for life’, Mendoza and James escaped from the colony, James was back in Dublin in1800 in gaol again, awaiting transportation for a complicated swindle. He died before departure from Ireland.
Left Cork on 9th August 1795.
Ship:- the ‘Marquis Cornwallis’ sailed with 163 male and 70 female convicts on board of which 11 males died during the voyage, (7 after a mutiny was put down).
Arrived on 11th February 1796.

Had a relationship with convict Jane Maher (‘Britannia I’ 1797) that produced 2 children, Kazia & Jemima before Jane died in 1802.

He received a conditional pardon on 31st January 1814.

Died on 4th July 1841 at Richmond.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 24th August, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Rootsweb, Worldconnect database. Hall, Barbara; "A Desperate Set Of Villains" (prev. ), firstname: Edward Turleigh, surname: Smith, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1761, date of death: 4

Denis Pember on 21st February, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at

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