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Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Hugh Taylor
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 7th November, 1854
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Wellington
Departure date: August, 1814
Arrival date: 27th January, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 171 (87)
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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Denis Pember on 28th November, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey transcript t18140420-146:
RICHARD EVANS, HUGH TAYLOR, HENRY LLOYD, and WILLIAM BROWN, were indicted for feloniously stealing. on the 21st of February , a silk handkerchief, value 5 s. the property of Samuel Gunnel, from his person.
SAMUEL GUNNEL. I live in Cowley-street, Westminster. I lost my handkerchief on Monday the 21st of February, between twelve and one o’clock in the day. I knew I had my handkerchief in my outside coat pocket. I knew nothing of it being taken until the officer tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I had lost my handkerchief. On applying my hand to my pocket I found my handkerchief was gone. The handkerchief the officer produced to me was my handkerchief. I was in the Strand, going in a direction towards Temple-bar.
WILLIAM WESTCOAT. I am an officer. On the 21st of February, I first saw Brown, Evans, and Taylor, in company together; they were near Temple-bar. I followed them behind coaches, watching them. I do not recollect seeing Lloyd at all. I watched them as far as the New church in the Strand. They went on to just behind Somerset House; they made a stop there. Mr. Gunnel was passing by with a lady in a direction to the City; they then immediately followed Mr. Gunnel. They turned after Mr. Gunnel. Evans put his hand into Mr. Gunnel’s pocket. Mr. Gunnel was walking on. He pulled his hand out of his pocket, and brought nothing out. He took his hand away, and went off. They walked after Mr. Gunnel again. Evans took the handkerchief out of Mr. Gunnel’s pocket, and put it under Taylor’s arm.
Q. At the time that this was done where was Lloyd - A. I did not see Lloyd to my recollection at all. Brown was apprehended between three and four in the afternoon. I apprehended Brown myself in Russel-street, Covent Garden. I charged him with stealing Mr. Gunnel’s handkerchief. He denied it, and said he had not been in the Strand at all at the time. I apprehended Evans and Taylor; Brown ran away. I do not recollect seeing Lloyd. I was for keeping out of Brown’s sight; I thought he would recollect me.
CHARLES MYERS . I belong to Bow-street. On the 21st of February; I was going up Fleet-street. Just before I got to Temple-bar I observed Taylor and the other three prisoners; they were going into the Strand. At the time I saw them first, Taylor had his hand in a gentleman’s pocket; he pulled the gentleman’s white handkerchief partly out. The other three prisoners could see what he was doing. Taylor did not pull the handkerchief quite out. The gentleman got from him. I followed them until they stopped just by the New church in the Strand. I was in an hurry to go to the office to deliver a note to Mr. Stafford. When I got to the office I told Westcoat there were four pickpockets in the Strand. After I delivered my message to Mr. Stafford. I went into the Strand; I saw Westcoat pulling Evans and Taylor into a public-house I observed Brown run up Castle-street and I saw Lloyd going towards St. Clement’s church.
Westcoat. I searched Evans and Taylor; I found nothing upon Evans; upon Taylor I found these two handkerchiefs; one under his arm and one in his pocket.
Q. to Mr. Gunnel. Has the officer shewn you the handkerchief - A. Yes; I am certain it is mine.
Taylor’s Defence. I am entirely innocent.
Evans’s Defence. The same.
Brown’s Defence. The same.
Lloyd was not put on his defence.
TAYLOR, GUILTY , aged 18.
EVANS, GUILTY , aged 20.
BROWN, GUILTY , aged 19.
Transported for Life .
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Hugh had a relationship with Elizabeth Brown (nèe Farrell) who was a widow. This must have commenced around 1821 and they had 9 children by 1839. The couple did actually marry, in 1847 at St Andrew’s Scots Church, Sydney. (V18474140 74B/1847).

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref T0129] Taylor, Hugh, 30, absolute pardon, M. Wellington, 1815, life, Protestant, agent at Parramatta.
[Ref T0130] Taylor, Hugh, Jr. 5 born in the colony.
[Ref T0131] Taylor, Grace, 3 born in the colony.
[Ref T0132] Taylor, John 10 mo born in the colony.
[Ref B2766] Brown, Elizabeth, 30, born in the colony, housekeeper for Hugh Taylor, Parramatta, 2 horned cattle
[Ref B2767] Brown, Jane 12, born in the colony, daughter of Elizabeth Brown.

Maureen Withey on 29th February, 2020 wrote:

This is part of a long letter to the Editor, published in the Sydney Gazette, 22 Jul 1826.

Again, Mr. Editor, as to my name appearing in the Record Books ; I do not deny that I have been punished, and justly too, for disobedience of orders, when I first came in the Colony, in the year 1815, but Mr. Editor, what has happened since I have received a ticket of leave, for good behaviour, and in 1821 a conditional pardon. Pray, Sir, look at your Gazette of Oct. 13th, 1821, and see if the character I received from a full bench of Magistrates and Mr. Justice Field, President, I deserve the character that Dr. Harris wishes to affix to me at this time; but not only my conditional pardon in 1821, but my absolute pardon in 1822, and a free passage to England, if I chose to accept of it, and all for being a meritorious, vigilant, active, and faithful Police Officer.
I hope, Mr. Editor, you will give this communication a place in your paper, and the same prompt and equal publicity with that of Dr. Harris.
I shall remain, your obedient Servant,

This is the case Hugh Taylor refers to, he is the Constable Taylor, whose character is praised.

On Saturday last, Thomas Thompson, a settler at Pennant Hills, was convicted, by a Bench of four Magistrates at Parramatta, of using a private still, and was sentenced to a fine of £20 and three years hard labour, under the Government and General Order.— The still, which was produced and forfeited, was found in a cave in the North Rocks, and was brought away, together with the owner, by constables Taylor and White, through the information of one Smith, a free man. Mr. Justice FIELD, as Chairman of the Bench, said that the revenue and police of the Colony were much indebted to the patience, with which the constables had waited for the appearance of the distiller, and the integrity with which they had resisted his bribe; and the Bench would recommend Taylor to the emancipation promised by HIS EXCELLENCY’S Order, White having only one year to serve.
Sydney Gazette, 13 Oct 1821.
Colonial Secretary Index.

TAYLOR, Hugh. Per “Marquis of Wellington”, 1815
1815 Feb 2 - On list of convicts disembarked from the “Marquis of Wellington” & forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3493 p.436)
1819 Jan
Constable at Parramatta. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3201; 4/1860 p.53)
1819 Aug 19 - Re evidence at inquest on Thomas Gorman (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.234)
1821 Oct 9 - Granted conditional pardon for seizure of private still worked at Pennant Hills by Thomas Thompson (Reel 6051; 4/1750 pp.176-8)
1822 May 16 - Dismissed for embezzlement (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.59)
1822 Jun 1-18 - In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.53)
1823 Apr 5 - On return of allotments in the town of Parramatta (Fiche 3265; 4/7576 p.5)
1824 Mar 26 - Absolute pardon in 1822 for apprehension of Baxter & Gardiner, bushrangers. Applying for the situation of constable, Parramatta (Reel 6061; 4/1778 p.257)
1824 Apr 2-1825 Sep 4 - On pay lists of constables in the Parramatta district (Reel 6030; 4/7017A pp.73-255 & 4/7017B pp.13-324)
1824 Apr 14 - Appointed constable at Parramatta (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.228)
1824 Jul 10 - Constable. Memorial (Fiche 3113; 4/1839B No.961 pp.1091-4)
1824 Jul 30 - On list of lands granted & reserved by Sir Thomas Brisbane (Fiche 3269; 9/2740 p.29)
1825 Jan 12 - On list of constables composing the Police of Parramatta, & their respective employments (Reel 6062; 4/1783 p.4)

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 7th November, 1854 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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