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Details for the convict Michael Nash (1853)

Convict Name:Michael Nash
Trial Place:Ireland - Limerick
Trial Date:16 July 1849
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:St. Vincent (3)
Arrival Year:1853
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Michael Nash was born in County Limerick, Ireland circa 1807. He was a woodranger for Lord Monteagle at Mount Trenchard. He married Margaret Walsh 26/2/1843 in Foynes, County Limerick, Ireland. Sponsors: Lawrence Naish and Joanna Hayes.

In 1849, Michael Nash paid 3 men, Patrick Dempsey, Michael Culhane and John Hennesey to cause bodily harm to the steward of Lord Monteagle, Loughlin Sharpe. Loughlin Sharpe was paying the poor, on the public works projects, only a schilling a week and pocketing the rest of the money. This angered Michael.

The men met at Nolan's Pub in Newbridge and Michael paid them. They then proceeded to the house of Loughlin Sharpe where they cut off his ear and slit his achilles tendon.

All four men were sentenced to 7 years transportation. Here are the records of Michael Nash.

Michael Nash was convicted of a charge of malicious assault on 7/16/1849. His sentence was 7 years in the penal colony system. He was "transported" from Cohb (Cork), Ireland on the ship RODNEY on 12/20/1851. The Rodney weighed 877 tons and was built in Sunderland in 1850. The ship had 312 convicts on board. The ship's Master was Alex MacLean and the Surgeon was Harvey Morris. He sailed to Gibraltor, Spain, and spent 18 months there and then was transferred to the ship the Saint Vincent and was on the last boat of convicts to Hobart, Tasmania in 1853. The Saint Vincent dropped off 100 convicts in Gibraltor and picked up 102 convicts for the final voyage. The Saint Vincent was rigged as a ship of 633 tons, built in London in 1829. Her master was John Young and Surgeon Thomas Sommerville.

CONDUCT RECORD.[comments in these type of Brackets are mine]
Michael NASH
Tried Limerick 16 July 1849
Arrived [Hobart] 26 May 1853 Roman Catholic can read (a little) 7 years
Transported for assault and robbery Prison report iss? [hard to read, could
be a code for something]
conv Gibraltar govd? [don't understand this comment] Stated this offence
attacking a house and assault and robbery, a gun was stolen. Married

Trade: Laborer, Height: 6ft 1', Age: 48, Complexion: Dark, Head: Round,
Hair: Dark Brown, Whiskers: - , Visage: Round, Forehead: High, Eyebrows:
Bushy Black, Eyes: Brown, Nose: Large, Mouth & Chin: Medium,
Native Place: Limerick
Remarks: 31/5/53 RB 10/6/53 R Boutcher Wesby [could be short for Westbury]
20th DV 21st Hosp Tn [this was hard to decipher and is a best guess] 25/8/53
DV 29/9/53 DV 30 H Allison Lgford [Longford}
[A couple of faint letters I could not decipher] 12.53 TofL [ticket of
CPardon [very faint then a few other letters or numbers un readable]
13/12/53 must len[or similar letters] 18mths for a CP
Rcvd [Received] CP 9.1.55

This all that was on the Conduct record so he evidently did nothing wrong,
nor was he punished during his time as a convict. Details of any wrong doing
or punishment would have been shown on the Conduct Record.

Only information not shown on the Conduct record was he claimed he was
innocent, married with 4 children then W[usually means wife] Margt in
S[usually means sister] Bridget in America

On the 9 Jan.1853 in the Tasmanian Govt. Gazette, his name was listed among several whose name had been sent to Her Majesty with recommendation for a Pardon. It did not give a reason for the pardon.

Michael was assigned to a Mr. Boutcher of Westbury, Tasmania in 1853. Mr. Boutcher was a pioneer of this area.

Michael Naish died a rich man in Melbourne, Australia.

Burial: December 09, 1894, Melbourne General Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia
Cause of Death: Bronchitis, Old age
Tombstone reads: In memory of Michael and Margaret Naish and their daughter Bridget.

Burial: April 11, 1
Submitted by Researcher (14434) on 14 July 2021

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/17, p.639

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