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Details for the convict John (the younger) Dow (1826)

Convict Name:John (the younger) Dow
Trial Place:Dumfries Court of Justiciary
Trial Date:25 April 1825
Sentence:7 years
Notes:alias John Colquhoun, John James Calquhoun
Arrival Details
Ship:Woodman (2)
Arrival Year:1826
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British authorities were not certain this man was John Dow, but settled on this name as the most likely. His crimes consisted of posing as aristocrats in order to obtain such things as accommodation without paying, by promising that he was expecting payment from a rich relative. He was a Scotsman. On release in the colonies he took up the same kind of swindling as a way of life, adapting it to colonial conditions.See "A Swindler's Progress, Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty" by Kirsten McKenzie, University of New South Wales Press 2009. After receiving his Ticket of Leave, John Dow "disappeared", presumably pursuing his life under yet another name.
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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/5, p.322

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