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Details for the convict William Gow (1817)

Convict Name:William Gow
Trial Place:Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:29 May 1816
Arrival Details
Ship:Morley (1)
Arrival Year:1817
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William Gow was my great-great-great-grandfather. He is frequently referred to as William Pashington Gow or William Pashington Terry Gow and was born around 1795, possibly in Hampshire, England. He was indicted at the Old Bailey on 29 May 1816, along with John Primrose, for "burglariously breaking and entering ..... and stealing one tablecloth, one waistcoat, one pair of breeches and one pair of gaiters". The accused were sentenced to death, but this was later commuted to transportation for life to NSW. William arrived on the convict ship "Morley" in 1817 and received a conditional pardon on 25 October 1821. He was employed as a teacher and parish clerk in Wilberforce from 1820 to 1842. His beautiful copperplate writing in the Parish Registers is said to be "a delight to see". He married Maria Dunston in 1821 and they had 10 children. William died in 1872 and was buried at St Peters in Richmond.

There is a considerable amount of information about William and Maria and their children on the Web. A particularly useful site is Australian Royalty

I believe there is probably misinformation on the Web about William's parents and grandparents. Many family sites show his father as John Gow (1764 to 1806), his mother as Augusta Cumming (1771 to 1847) and his grandfather as Niel Gow (1727 to 1807), the famous composer and player of fiddle music from Inver, Perthshire, Scotland. I have been unable to find official records relating to William’s birth or baptism. William’s death record does not include the names of his parents.
Submitted by Researcher (Barbara Gow) on 15 March 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/2, p.310

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