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Robert Freeman Thompson

Robert Freeman Thompson, one of 170 convicts transported on the Malabar, 14 June 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Freeman Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1760
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1820
Age: 60 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: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Malabar
Departure date: 14th June, 1819
Arrival date: 30th October, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 180
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st April, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, New South Wales. 1820
Trial; London. Sept 1818.
Noted against name; DIED; In G. G.  14 Feb 1820. Dead

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st April, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online

Born; 1760.
Tried; 9 Sept 1818. Age; 58

ROBERT FREEMAN THOMPSON, Theft > animal theft, 9th September 1818.
1082. ROBERT FREEMAN THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of August , at St. Pancras, one bridle, value 2s., and one mare, price 15l. , the property of James Wilson and John Wilson .

JOHN WILSON . I am a farmer , and live at Deaton Hall, in the parish of Deaton, near York , and am in partnership with my brother James. On Monday night, the 3d of August, I lost a bay mare out of the paddock before the hall; I saw her that evening at seven o’clock, and the next morning I missed her. On the 22d I received a letter, giving me information where she was; I came to town on the 24th, and saw her in Hart-street, Covent-garden, in possession of Mr. James Dean , a livery-stable keeper, and knew her to be ours. We had had her two years and a half; she had always been in the family, my father bred her. She is eight years old. I have recovered her.

GEORGE CHAPPELL . I am servant to Mr. Edwards, who keeps the Basing House, in Kingsland-road. On Friday the 7th of August, the prisoner came into the stable with a bay mare; he said he had come up with some cows and calves, for Mr. Laycock, of Islington. He said he came to put the horse up there. After he had been there a little time, he said he wanted to part with her, and authorized me to take her to Dixon’s Repository, in Barbican, to be sold by auction. I took her there, but could not sell her; I brought her away, and took her to Smithfield the same day; I could not sell her there, and took her back to the stables. The prisoner came next morning, and asked me if I had sold her? I told him I had not. He told me to take something less, and make the best I could of her. He did not come again until the Wednesday following. I bought the mare of him myself for six guineas, I paid him the money, and my master wrote his name and address down for me. He said he came from Deaton Hall, near York, from his brother’s - He went away. I sold her the next morning to George Walker , for eight guineas and a half.

JOHN WILSON re-examined. The prisoner did not live near me. In March, 1817, I saw him there, not since. He was born about four miles from York.

JOHN JAMES SMITH . I am a Bow-street officer. On the 14th of August I apprehended the prisoner in consequence of a letter which was brought to me. I took him in York-street, Pentonville; I told him I took him for stealing Mr. Wilson’s mare, of Deaton Hall - He denied it. I told him he must go to the office with me; he then said he would show me where the mare was; he said he had sold her to the hostler at the Basing House, Kingsland-road - I went there, leaving him in custody. I found she was sold to Walker, Baker’s-row, Clerkenwell. I went there, the mare was out, it was afterwards brought to the office; I put it up at Dean’s livery stables-the prosecutor claimed it, and took it back. The hostler gave me the bridle, which, he said, the prisoner delivered to him with the horse.

(Bridle sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I met a man coming to town, riding the mare, and bought her of him, at Doncaster, for 10l.


Recommended to Mercy.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1760 (prev. 0000), crime

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