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James Wright

James Wright, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Wright
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Calcutta
Departure date: February, 1803
Arrival date: 4th October, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 339 (169)
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 5th March, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON22-1-2p514
James Wright, Tried at Middlesex G.D., 18 Oct 1801, 7 years.

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2020 wrote:

SORRY - date above misread.
Should be:

Tasmanian Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON22-1-2p514
James Wright, Tried at Middlesex G.D., 18 Feb 1801, 7 years.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 March 2020), February 1801, trial of JAMES WRIGHT (t18010218-1).
JAMES WRIGHT, Theft > theft from a specified place, 18th February 1801.

211. JAMES WRIGHT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of January , a pair of drab cloth breeches, value 12s. a swansdown waistcoat, value 8s. and a cloth great coat, value 21s. the property of Richard Angel , in his dwelling-house .

LYDIA ANGEL sworn. - I am the wife of Richard Angel , I live at No. 133, Great Saffron Hill , my husband is a porter in an ironmonger’s shop , and I keep an old clothes shop: On the 23d of January last, about six o’clock in the evening, two men came into the shop, the prisoner at the bar was one, and asked for some corduroy or velveteen breeches; I told them I had none; I shewed them some other breeches, and Wright chose a pair of new drab cloth ones; during the time Wright was trying on the breeches, the other man chose a pepper and salt coloured great coat, and a pair of leather breeches; they thought I did not shew them the best things I had, and the prisoner told me not to be afraid, that they had got a pound or two to lay out, if I had got goods that would suit them; upon that account I shewed them more goods than usual; they asked for some waistcoats, and I went to a chest in the shop and took out two swansdown waistcoats, and they chose one; then I shewed them some great coats, which did not please them; then I shewed them another, and Wright put the great coat, swansdown waistcoat, and drab cloth breeches on, in order to see whether they fitted him or not; the other man asked for a piece of chalk, to see what they came to; I told them I could cast it up, they then went out of the shop; I immediately leaped over the counter; one took up the street, and the other down; I pursued Wright, and caught hold of him by the skirt of his coat, about eight yards from my shop, and he sell down; I called out for assistance, and my next door neighbour came and assisted me in bringing him back; I had him committed; the property is here; Mr. Rose has got it.

WILLIAM ROSE sworn. - The prisoner was brought to our office, Hatton Garden, on the 23d of January, in the evening, he had the property on him; I took off the great coat and waistcoat, the breeches he has on. (Produces the coat and waistcoat).

Mrs. Angel. I know those things to be mine; here is my mark with my own hand.

JOHN KENNEDY sworn. - I live at No. 133, Saffron Hill; I am a constable; I heard my landlady cry out, stop thief, and I came, and she said, for God’s sake take this man into coustody; he had those things upon him; here is my mark upon them.

Prisoner’s defence. I went into the shop, and asked for a pair of breeches, and she reached me down a pair of black kerseymere, which would not do; she then reached me down these pair of breeches, and I put them on; I then asked for a waistcoat, and I put it on, then a coat, and it fitted me very well; I laid my own breeches on the counter, with the money in them, and the man along with me took hold of my breeches, and ran away with the money; I ran after him, and my heels kicked up; it was not my meaning to take any thing from the woman; when I returned to the shop, she took me into custody.

The prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 39s. aged 24.

Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Hotham .

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2020 made the following changes:


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