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Details for the convict Lauchlan Macintosh (1832)

Convict Name:Lauchlan Macintosh
Trial Place:Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Trial Date:13 July 1831
Notes:alias Lauchlen Macintosh
Arrival Details
Ship:Gilmore (1)
Arrival Year:1832
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Lauchlan Macintosh was born in 1808 in Scotland. He died on Jan. 11, 1850, in Launceston, Tasmania.

Lauchlan Macintosh was first sentenced to Life by the Edinburgh Court of Justiciary on Jul. 13, 1831, and sent to in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the ship, Gilmore, which arrived on Mar. 22, 1832. Lachlan, described as a seaman, was assigned to the Launceston Council Marine Department. He was 23 years old, 5' 5 1/2" tall, with fresh complexion, round head, light reddish brown hair, a high, nearly perfect, forehead, dark grey eyes, sharp nose, small mouth and medium chin. Some time later, he stole a small ship, together with some fellow convicts, and they made their way back to the U.K. Lachlan was recaptured in Scotland, and on Dec. 14, 1835, the Edinburgh Court of Justiciary recommitted him to Life, and he arrived back in Van Diemen's Land on the ship, Recovery, on Oct. 8, 1837. He died in a waterfront accident twelve years later.

Article reprinted from the Launceston Examiner in The Argus of Feb. 28, 1850: SUBJECT FOR ROMANCE.—A circumstance has lately transpired which has exhibited events of no common occurrence. A few weeks since, a labouring man was killed on board the ' Rookery,' and, to this incident, may be attributed the following extraordinary disclosures:— In July, 1883, eight prisoners of the crown made their escape from the colony in a small craft belonging to the government. The little vessel was of about 25 tons, and was called the 'Badger;' she was loaded with stores and Christmas supplies, which were to be conveyed to Macquarie Harbour. The 'Badger' was manned by seven prisoners, and was placed under the command of a man named Wm. Phillips, also a convict, who had been transported for incediarism in destroying a ship. Phillips had a wife and several children in England, and he had repeatedly expressed a desire to abscond and settle in America. Under these circumstances, the opportunity of July, 1833, was too favourable to escape, and the vessel was, accordingly carried off. The absconders were traced to Japan, at which place they put in for water; but, after that, nothing was heard of them, and they were given up for lost. What became of them, for the first three or four yeats after their escape, is not know; but, about that time, the ' Badger' suddenly visited Padstow, a small seaport in Cornwall, and Phillips, dressed in a widow's habilliments of mourning, went on shore. In this disguise, he succeeded in making arrangements for conveying his wife and family on board, after which he immediately put to sea, and, it is supposed, steered for America; and with his departure from the coast of Cornwall, the story of Phillips ceases. But the narrative does not end here. One of Phillips' comrades (Lachlan McIntosh,) also longing to return to his native place, proceeded to Scotland, and being there recognised as an escapee, was speedily sent back, under sentence of transportation for life. Arrived in this colony a second time, he passed through the various preliminary stages, previous to obtaining an indulgence, and upon the receipt of a ticket of leave he was occasionally employed at the wharf in helping to load and discharge vessels. He was thus engaged, on board the barque 'Rookery,' when the accidental falling of a block abruptly terminated a life which had been exposed to dangers a thousand times more formidable and threatening, but which, notwithstanding, had been preserved to be at last laid down in that country which he loathed. Such was the end of McIntosh. What has befallen his seven companions in peril it is impossible to imagine; doubtless but few, if any, now survive, to record that catalogue of anxiety and suffering incident to the revolution of 17 years.
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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/8, p.217

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