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Robert Surrage

Robert Surrage, one of 172 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 08 April 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Surrage
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 8th April, 1821
Arrival date: 27th July, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 25 (14)
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

greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 wrote:

1820 3rd April, The Radical War (a.k.a. The Scottish Insurrection). There was an attempt to stage an armed uprising in parts of Scotland and there are several clashes with soldiers. In one incident Port Glasgow militia are attacked as they were taking prisoners from Paisley to Greenock jail. They were attacked again after the prisoners had been lodged, they then opened fire killing eight and wounding ten others. Watchman Robert Simpson and Watchman Henry Pearson (Greenock Burgh, Strathclyde) were shot and killed trying to stop John Dempsey and Robert Surrage, both soldiers from the 13th Regiment of Foot, discharging muskets from a house in which they had taken refuge after being attacked by a mob. They were believed to have already caused the death of a youth named Archibald Morrison and claimed that they did not know that the two were watchmen. They are convicted of murder at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh and sentenced to be executed but the jury unanimously recommended Surrage to mercy. Dempsey was hanged and his body was then given to Dr. Alexander Monro,  a work colleague of Dr. Robert Knox (of Burke and Hare) fame, for dissection. The sentence on Surrage was commuted to ‘banishment for life’ and he was transported with 170 other prisoners aboard the convict ship Countess of Harcourt on an eight month voyage to Van Diemen’s Land

greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 wrote:

free pardon no. 88 14th March 1832

greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 wrote:

born 1798 Penryn, Cornwall, Height: 5’ 9½”, Complexion: Dark, Eyes: Hazel, Hair: Brown,
Marks: Woman above elbow & crucifix below on left arm.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000)

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