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William Ure

William Ure, one of 172 convicts transported on the Florentia, 14 August 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ure
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 5th February, 1860
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Glasgow Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Florentia
Departure date: 14th August, 1827
Arrival date: 3rd January, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 273 (138)
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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D Wong on 10th February, 2016 wrote:

National Records of Scotland:

1827:  Precognition against James Ure, William Ure for the crime of theft by housebreaking.

James Ure, Age: 24, weaver, Address: Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire (not found as a convict)
William Ure, Age: 29, weaver, Address: Hutchesontown, Glasgow.

1836: TOL Yass
1/7/1843: CP

20/9/1842 Sydney Morning Herald:
Patrick Downey,  late of Yass,  labourer,  was placed at the bar, charged with having stolen five cows, value £5 each, and one bull, the property of William Ure.
The evidence in this case was, first, that of Sergeant Cook, of the Mounted Police, who went under orders to the station of the prisoner, and collected a lot of cattle. Amongst these were the cattle in question ; they had on them the brand of WU and also PD;  and Mr Ure afterwards identified the cattle in question, as his property, in Yass.

Mr W. Ure being called, positively swore that the cattle in question were his ; and that he had never sold them to the prisoner, or to any one else, nor had authorised any one to sell them.

The prisoner said, that he was not prepared to defend himself in this case.
The Judge said he had pleaded, and therefore no such objection could be entertained now.

The Jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was remanded for sentence, there being other charges against him.
Patrick Downey (the prisoner before co-victed) and Thomas Downey, his son, were next placed at the bar, charged also with cattle stealing.
The cattle stolen were laid as those of one James Fitzpatrick, but the prosecutor could not positively swear that the cattle which had been slaughtered at the prisoners were his, although he had every reason to believe so. The prisoners were acquitted on this charge.

The sentence of the Court was passed onPatrick Downey, who had been convicted on the previous charge he was sentenced to be transported for fifteen years: his Honour expressing at the same time, that he was equally satisfied of the guilt of the son, who, if he did not mend his course of life, would soon follow his father to the place where he was now about to be sent.

15/9/1847 Sydney Morning Herald:
William Ure and Mary Neelan were indicted for having stolen a horse, the property of Richard Linam. The case was clearly made out against the male prisoner, but not so clear against the female.
The Jury found the female prisoner not guilty, and the male prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to be kept to labour in irons for two years, being told that the Court would enquire into his case.

16/2/1860 The Empire, Sydney:
The Burrowa correspondent of the Yass paper says:- On Saturday week, between five and six o’clock, as Mrs. O’Brien, wife of James O’Brien of Pudman Creek, accompanied by a man named William Ure, in their employ, were returning home from Burrowa, where they had been to dispose of a load of potatoes, when about half a mile from the township, the shaft-horse, a most spirited animal, took fright, and, after gal-loping a short distance, brought the dray in contact with a tree and capsized it throwing Mrs. O’Brien and the deceased William Ure violently to the ground, dragging the deceased a distance of ten yards or more between the guard iron and the wheel and completely smashing the dray.  Dr. Temple, of Burrowa, was in immediate attendance upon the deceased, and had him and Mrs. O’Brien removed to the residence of Henry Evans, blacksmith, Burrowa, using every possible effort to alleviate their sufferings, but, from the first, gave no hopes of Ure’s life, he having most of his ribs broken and portions of the fractures penetrating the lungs, besides other injuries. Ure expired the same night between eleven and twelve o’clock.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th February, 1860 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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