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James Wilson

James Wilson, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Wilson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Tailor
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 Life

Crime: High treason
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 184 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 309 (156)
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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Community Contributions

greg petersen on 27th May, 2017 wrote:

James Wilson was one of a group of conspirators known as the The Cato Street Conspirators. In 1820 they had plotted to murder all the British cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool. A police informer reported the plot and 13 were arrested, one policeman was killed during the arrests. Five of the conspirators were executed as traitors by hanging & beheading, five others were transported to Australia.

Maureen Withey on 17th February, 2020 wrote:

The five conspirators Guilty of High Treason numbered in this list, 98, 99, 100, 101, and 102, have been landed at Sydney under particular orders to be sent to Newcastle.
Dated 16 Oct 1820

98 – James Wilson, tried at Middx GD. 17 Feb 1820, life, age 28, native of London, tailor, 5ft 8; blue eyes, dark flaxen hair, pale and sallow complexion, general remark – very well-behaved.  Note: Cato Street Conspirators. Landed at Sydney.


Colonial Secretary Index.
WILSON, James. Per “Guildford”, 1820; Cato Street conspirator

1820 Oct 16 - Cato Street conspirator. On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.342)

1820 Oct 16 - Transported with four others for high treason. Re transfer of these conspirators, considered still designing & dangerous men, to Newcastle (Reel 6007; 4/3502 pp.346-7, 349-51). Reply, 25 Oct (Reel 6067; 4/1807 p.131)

1822 - Application for free passage for wife Betsey & two children from England (Reel 6067; 4/1808 p.413)

1823 Nov 22 - Prisoner to be forwarded to Sydney from Newcastle (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.600)

1824 Jan 5 - To be forwarded to Bathurst (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.121)

1824 Apr 10 - On list of prisoners on establishment at Bathurst with sentences not transmitted (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.102)

1824 Aug 13 - Prisoner at Bathurst. Petition of Wilson conveyed to Sydney (Reel 6065; 4/1800 p.135)

1824 Sep 2 - Re his family’s passage to New South Wales (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.312)

1825 Jan 31 - On lists of prisoners discharged from Bathurst during Jan 1825 (Fiche 3300; 4/1916.1 pp.3-4, 7-8)

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

greg petersen on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:


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