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  • Name Richard BRADBURN 
    Born Bef 14 Aug 1790  Drung, County Cavan, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Aug 1790  Drung, County Cavan, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Fact 1 Cato Street conspirator, convicted of high treason in Apr 1820 
    Immigration 28 Oct 1820  Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land [now Tasmania], Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Carpenter 
    Died Aft 28 Oct 1820  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Richard BRADBURN, one of the so-called Cato Street conspirators, was convicted of high treason in April 1820, but his original sentence of execution was commuted to transportation for life. For more information on the Cato Street Conspiracy, see the notes on Arthur THISTLEWOOD elsewhere in this database.

      (2) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index ®, Copyright © 1980, 2002, data as of January 4, 2010, Batch No.: C700461, Dates: 1735 - 1827, Source Call No.: 0897355 IT 6, Type: Film, Printout Call No.: 0883696, Type: Film, Sheet: 00

      Christening: 14 AUG 1790 Drung, Cavan, Ireland

      Mother: MARTHA

      (3) England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2009:

      Name: Richard Bradburn
      Age: 29
      Estimated birth year: abt 1791
      Date of Trial: Apr 1820
      Trial Year: 1820
      Location of Trial: Middlesex, England
      Sentence: Death
      Crime: High Treason
      Date of Execution or Release: Not shown

      (4) Richard BRADBURN and his fellow Cato Street conspirators, Charles COOPER, John HARRISON, John Shaw STRANGE and James WILSON, were all transported to Van Diemen's Land [now Tasmania], Australia in 1820 aboard the convict ship Guildford.

      (5) Australian Convict Transportation Registers - Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2007:

      Name: Richard Bradburn
      Vessel: Guildford
      Convicted Date: 12 Apr 1820
      Voyage Date: May 1820
      Colony: Van Dieman's Land
      Piece: HO 11/3
      Place of Conviction: Middlesex, England

      (6) British Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1867 Database <>:

      Richard Bradburn, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820.
      Details: Sentence details: Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of life on 12 April 1820.
      Vessel: Guilford [Guildford].
      Date of Departure: 12 May 1820.
      Place of Arrival: Van Diemen's Land.
      Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 309 (156)
      Author/Creator: Great Britain. Home Office.; State Library of Queensland.

      (7) Irish Convicts to New South Wales, 1788-1839 <>:

      Surname: Bradburn
      First Name: Richard
      Age: 29
      Reb: Not listed
      Ship: Guildford (4) [1820]
      Tried: 1820
      Trial Place: Middlesex Gaol Delivery England
      Term: Life
      DOB: 1791
      Native Place: Dublin [Ireland]
      Crime: High Treason
      Marital Status: Not listed
      Trade or Calling: Carpenter Joiner
      Remarks: Cato Street Conspirator - one of five who attempted to kill members of the British Cabinet in London on 23 Feb 1820
      Died: Not listed
      Death Place: Not listed



      The Guildford was a ship of 521 tons built at the Thames in 1810. According to Bateson (1983, p. 231):

      The Guildford was one of the best known convict ships. . . . In eight voyages as a convict ship the Guildford conveyed over 1,500 male prisoners to Australia for the loss of about a dozen men on the passage, the record of her passages being as follows: . . .

      1820 Portsmouth to Sydney 139 days . . .

      The Guildford had the same master for its first seven voyages, Magnus JOHNSON. Robert HARRISON was her master on her eighth voyage. "Johnson was a prudent and conscientious master, and he treated the convicts humanely" (Bateson, 1983, p. 232).

      On her fourth voyage, the Guildford sailed from Portsmouth on 14 May 1820, passing via the Cape to Sydney, where she arrived on 30 September 1820, and then on to Hobart where she arrived on 28 October 1820, 167 days after leaving Portsmouth. Her surgeon on this voyage was Hugh WALKER. She carried 190 male convicts, of which one was landed at Sydney and the remaining 189 were landed at Hobart Town.
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