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Robert Tout

Robert Tout, one of 280 convicts transported on the Eden, 27 August 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Tout
Aliases: Greenslade
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Somerset Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Eden
Departure date: 27th August, 1836
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 303 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 371 (188)
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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Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 wrote:

Sessions Intelligence.
Fourteen Years: Samuel Freeman, stealing watch from J. Stiekland; Robert Tout, stealing gander from W. Warren.
Sherborne Mercury, 4 July 1836.

Tasmanian Records.
Robert Tout, place of origin, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
1014. Robert Tout. Tried Somerset Q.S. 27 June 1836, 14 years.
Transported for stealing a gander. Gaol report: 2nd conviction. Bad character.  Father and brother transported . Stated this offence, Stealing a goose, prosecutor, Robert Tout, at Chepstowe. Once for House breaking, 12 months; tried with my Father William who was transported to VDL , for 14 years, per Layton, Brother transported per the same vessel. Surgeon’s report Good.

Free Cert 28/6/50.
However, 29 June 1853, Oatlands Supreme Court.
Sheep stealing. To be transported for Life.

Convict Description. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-7$init=CON18-1-7p139 
Robert Tout, farm labourer, age 26, 5 ft 4 ¾. Native of Chepstow.

OATLANDS SUPREME COURT.  Tuesday, 29th June.
Richard Kemble, William Bannister, and Robert Tout, charged with stealing on the 6th June, two sheep, value 10s. each, the property of John Aughey.
Mr. Brewer appeared for the prisoners, and ably addressed the jury on their behalf. Verdict, each guilty. Sentence, each to be transported for life.
Colonial Times, Hobart, 9 Jul 1852.

Second Conduct Record
Eventually, after serving 5 years probation at Port Arthur, he was granted a Conditional Pardon in 1858.

This was the previous conviction at Somerset Assizes in 1826:

William Clark, Willam Tout, the elder,  Robert, Stephen. James, and William Tout, sons of William Tout, the elder, were indicted for burglary and robbery in the house of James Stone, of the parish of .... It appeared that the prosecutors house was broken open on the night of ?  May last, and a large quantity of beef and bacon, with other property, taken away. Suspicion having been excited, the house of William the elder was searched, and the greater part the stolen property was discovered in a case, which was ingeniously constructed behind outhouse to the dwelling-house of the elder Tout. To connect the other prisoners with, he proved that William Tout, the younger, and William Clark, had come from Taunton, where they lived, to old Tout’s house, the evening before the robbery, and that they and Robt. Tout were seen returning old Tout’s house, about four o’clock on the morning of the robbery, bringing packages.  When the prisoners were examined before the Magistrates, they admitted that Clark, William Tout the younger, and Robert Tout had entered Mr. Stone’s house, through the kitchen window, and taken the property in question. William Tout, the elder, confessed that he received the properly, knowing it stolen. When before the magistrates one of the prisoners was proved to have said, “it don’t matter, we shan’t topped (hanged)  for it, though we be legged {transported) for fourteen years. There was no evidence to convict the prisoners, Stephen and James Tout, of the robbery. William Clark, William Tout the younger, and Robert Tout were found guilty of the burglary and robbery, and sentence of death was recorded against them. William Tout, the elder, was found guilty of receiving the goods, knowing them to be stolen, and was sentenced to transported for fourteen years. 
Taunton Courier, 16 Aug 1826.

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 wrote:

Another earlier trial in somerset, for which he and his father and brother were acquitted.

W. Tout, sen. alias Greenslade, G Nation, W. Tout, jun. alias Greenslade, and R. Tout, alias Greenslade. for stealing a sheep from Richard Hill;
Taunton Courier, 29 March 1826.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Maureen Withey on 8th July, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Greenslade

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