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Richard Trumper

Richard Trumper, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Trumper
Aliases: Trumpetter (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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: Pig stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 353 (176)
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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Anonymous on 17th October, 2011 wrote:

RICHARD TRUMPER , alias TRUMPETER , and WILLIAM ROBERTS , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling of Thomas Jones , about the hour of twelve in the night, of the 26th of May , with intent to steal, and stealing a sow, value 8l. three hogs, value twelve guineas, and six pigs, value 6l. the property of the said Thomas.

Second Count. Charging it to be the dwelling-house of Jane Rice .

THOMAS JONES sworn. - I live near Hammersmith: On the 26th of May, at night, I locked up my pigs in a stable, which joins the house, with a bed-room over it, and has an immediate communication to the house; in the morning my carter, William Rugg , called me up for the keys, which I always gave him out at the window; I saw one of the yard gates open, and he said, master, the doors are all broke open; there has been some thieves here; I don’t see the pigs, and the bull is let out into the barley; I dressed myself, went down, and examined the gates, which I found broke open; one gate opens into a barley-field, where the bull was; three hogs were gone out of that; ten were missing in the whole; a sow in pig, six store pigs, and three hogs; the sow was taken out of a stable, and the six pigs and the three hogs out of a stye, in the yard; I always locked the doors myself; one of the gates was locked, and the other was fastened with a spike; the hogs were traced through the Gravelpits, and information was given at Bow-street; I found them all at Gyfford’s brewhouse, and have them by me now.

WILLIAM RUGG sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Jones: On Thursday morning, about a quarter before five, I went to his house and got the keys; then I went to the stable-door, which I found broke open, and the lock broke off; the yard-gates were open, and the bull let out into the barley; I acquainted my master, and we traced them to London.

ANN WILLIAMS sworn. - I am servant to Mrs. Cummin’s, in Dyot-street, St. Giles’s: On Thursday morning, the 26th of May, having occasion to call a lodger between four and five o’clock, I saw Trumpeter, who had a smock-frock on, and two more with him, and a great number of pigs, which they were going to put into a man’s shed, who rents a little place in New-street.

Court. Q. Did you see both the prisoners? - A. Yes, and another man with them; there was a remarkable pretty large spotted pig, whether a fow or not I cannot say.

JOSEPH MATHEWS sworn. - I live in New-street, St. Giles’s: Last Thursday fortnight I went to Convent-Garden-market, about three o’clock, and returned about six, when I found Mr. Saunders, and Roberts, the prisoner, in my shed; Roberts was offering the pigs for sale to Saunders, who said he had no place to keep them in, and would not buy them; I said, d-n you and the pigs too, you rascals, what business have you in my place, and I turned them out; the pigs were all spotted, and there was a fow larger than the rest; the prisoner Roberts had no time to answer, before the officers came in.

WILLIAM SAUNDERS sworn. - Last Thursday se night, about a quarter past six o’clock, I saw the two prisoner in Short’s-gardens; they beckoned me when I was about fifty yards from them; I went to them, and Roberts said, Saunders, we have got ten pigs, can you get me a customer for them; I asked what sort of pigs they were; he said there were three fat ones, a low, and six pigs; says Roberts, will you got and look at them; I said yes; then Trumper, and a girl, went away together another way; I went with Roberts to the place where the pigs were, in New-street, and went into the stable, or shed; I asked him how he came by them; says he, they are safe enough; says I, cannot you tell me where you got them from; then he said, beyound Shepherd’s Bush; says he, are the four big ones worth six pounds; I said I would have nothing to do with them, because I suspected they were stolen; I asked him if they brought them through the turnpike; he said he did; and, in the course of two or three minutes, the officers came, this was about half-past six.

Roberts. Q. Did I ask you to buy ten pigs of me? - A. Yes.

ROBERT SPICER sworn. - I live in St. Giles’s: On Thursday se’nnight, in the morning, Richard Trumpeter came to me, about six o’clock, and asked me to buy ten pigs; I said I would have nothing to do with them; Roberts was with him, and Richard Trumpeter said, if we can agree, they will do you service, they are sit for the knife; I told him I would buy no pigs of him; he went away; Roberts came again and said, if I did not choose any of the others, would I buy an old fow; I said I would have nothing to do with any of them, and then they went away; I knew Trumpeter before, as he lived in the neighbourhood, and used to drive a cart about for Mr. Bennett.

EDWARD CROCKER sworn. - I am one of the Bow-street patrole: Last Thursday se’nnight, I went to St. Giles’s, at half-past six o’clock in the morning, to Mathews’s shed, and found ten pigs, with the prisoner Roberts, Saunders, Mathews, and another man; Trumpeter was not there; two other officers took them into custody, and I asked who brought the pigs there; Saunders said, Roberts; to which he said nothing; the pigs were then driven to Gyfford’s brewhouse, and the prisoners taken to the Brown Bear , Bow-street; I then went to a shed in Palmer’s-rents, in Hog-lane, and apprehended Trumpeter, about nine o’clock; I told him what it was for, and he said he knew nothing of it.

JANE RICE sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Thomas Jones , and slept in the room over the shed; last Wednesday se’nnight, I heard a great noise, before it was light, with the pigs, under the room; they made me wake, and I heard the voices of several men; I thought there was a great many together; by the silence afterwards, I thought the pigs were driven out, but I was so frightened, I durst not holloa out.

Trumpeter’s defence. I was going out to work that morning, and when I got to St. Giles’s pound, a man asked me if I could get any body to buy some pigs; I said, I thought I could; I took Spicer with me, and he said, he did not want any; at the bottom of Dyot-street, the man asked me if I knew any body else; I said, I did not; I am as innocent as the child unborn of taking any thing.

Roberts’s defence. I know nothing of the affair; I am quite innocent.

Trumpeter, GUILTY, Death , aged 21.

Roberts, GUILTY , Death , aged 28.

The prosecutor recommended Trumpeter to mercy, on account of knowing his family .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

8th September 1802 pardoned and transported for life.

Mick Trumpeter on 10th March, 2014 wrote:

Convicted 2 June 1802 at Middlesex, aged 21 years. Given a life sentence listed as Cap Respite. Imprisoned on Prison Hulk ‘Prudentia’ in Wollwich. 6 October 1803 transferred to Coromandel for transport to NSW.

Mick Trumpeter on 10th March, 2014 wrote:

4 June 1802 originally sentenced to death for Burglary and Pig Stealing. 8 September 1802 death sentence pardoned and then transported for life.

Convict Changes History

Mick Trumpeter on 10th March, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Trumpetter (alias) (prev. Trumpetter (Alias)), date of birth: 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Mick Trumpeter on 10th March, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Trumpetter (alias) (prev. Trumpetter (Alias)), gender: m, crime

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