Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Marquis of Huntley - 1830

Embarked: 228 men
Voyage: 134 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 564 Crew: 44 men
Previous vessel: Adrian arrived 20 August 1830
Next vessel: Forth arrived 12 October 1830
Captain William Ascough
Surgeon William Bell Carlisle

The Marquis of Huntley was built in Aberdeen in 1804. [2] Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Marquis of Huntley in in 1826, 1828, 1830 and 1835

Convicts on this voyage came from counties in England and Scotland - Worcester, Chester, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, Leicester, Hertford, Lancaster, York, London, Warwick, Stafford, Northampton, Lincoln, Sussex, Devon, Derby, Somerset, Nottingham, Exeter. One man, John Smith was court-martialled in Gibraltar.

Prisoners convicted in Scotland included the following men:
Robert Brown
Gardener; convicted in Edinburgh

David Bruce
Weaver; convicted in Glasgow

John Cantley
House painter; convicted in Edinburgh

John Cunningham
Painter; convicted in Glasgow

Robert Clark alias Williamson
House and sign painter; convicted in Glasgow

Duncan Campbell
Shepherd; convicted in Glasgow

Finlay Ferguson
Shepherd; convicted in Glasgow

Alexander Glasgow
Weaver; convicted in Glasgow

William Harkins
Cotton spinner; convicted in Glasgow

John Matthews
Carter; convicted in Edinburgh

James Matthews
Carter; convicted in Edinburgh

John Miller
Shoemaker; convicted in Edinburgh

Daniel McCleod
Shoemaker; convicted in Glasgow

David McEwan
Labourer; convicted in Glasgow

James Kinnon
Officers servant; convicted in Glasgow

Barnard McGowan
Painter; convicted in Glasgow

James Watt alias Keeley
Hairdresser; convicted in Glasgow

Buchanan Wilson
Weaver; convicted in Glasgow

Military Guard

On the 19th March 1830 the Military Guard, consisting in all of 51 souls according to the surgeon embarked at Deptford. The Guard was under the command of Lieut. Watson of 20th regiment.


On 27th and 29th March, 228 convicts were embarked at Sheerness. The Marquis of Huntley set sail on 9th April, however they were driven in to Spithead on 20 April and did not resume their journey until 27 April 1830.

Map of Hampshire showing SpitheadMap showing location of Portsmouth, Mother Bank and Spithead

Surgeon William Bell Carlisle

William Bell Carlisle kept a Medical Journal from 11 March to 2 September 1830. He remarked in his journal that of the transportees received from Chatham, fifteen were found to have 'various sores and hurts upon them'. There were several cases of diarrhoea from change of diet early in the voyage. On 22 May one of the convicts was found to have spongy gums and a livid complexion, indicating scurvy, and was immediately given lime juice which in 12 days restored his health. The same treatment was equally successful with other cases later in the voyage. [1]


James Ward Martindale, surgeon of the 17th regiment joined the vessel as a passenger.

Steerage passengers included eight free women who were going out to join their husbands as well as ten children.

Port Jackson

The Marquis of Huntley arrived in Port Jackson on 21 August 1830. The Surgeon remarked in his closing notes that he had the satisfaction of landing the guard and all the convicts, except Edward Cooper, in perfect health.

A Muster was held by Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay on 25th August 1830.

The indents include name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, when and where tried, sentence, prior convictions, physical description and where assigned to on arrival. There are also occasional notes re pardons, deaths, punishments and relatives already in the colony. Some of the notes include the following information:

James Bell, coachman from Deptford was executed at Norfolk Island

Benjamin Buckley from Huddersfield had a cousin in the colony Ellen Hamer per Roslin Castle

Richard Banister died at Bathurst Hospital 8 June 1833

James Bower was sent to Moreton Bay

Joseph Coleman and Henry Colean from London were brothers. Joseph was executed at Newcastle 4 March 1833

John Cantley was drowned at Goulburn Plains 14 December 18335

William Durham had a brother in the colony Peter Durham came 12/13 years previously

Guy Foggarty had sister is law in the colony, Mrs. Serjeant

William Alexander Garside - Died from effects of cold at Belabala near the Lachlan

Benjamin Guillors - died in Sydney Hospital 24 June 1836

Edwin Green - Died in Newcastle 14 July 1830

John Hall - died in Singleton district February 1845

George Hardisty - Father in colony as William Hardisty

Samuel Kenyon - Errand boy from Stockport - Escaped from the colony and transported again in the same name in 1840

William Lowe alias Golding. Died in Windsor General Hospital 18 May 1835

John Miller. Brother William Miller came 9 years previously

Peter Nicholson - Wife in the colony as Bridget Mullins per Roslin Castle

Benjamin Nicholls age 47 from London. Died in the General Hospital at Sydney 22 June 1836

William Oates - Sent to Cockatoo Island

Joseph Pollett - Uncle in colony as Thomas Whittaker 30 years previously

William Porter age 12. Factory boy. Brother in the colony Thomas Porter 8 months previously

Joseph Pickering - Three brothers in the colony, John, Matthew and Richard Pickering in 1828

James Reddy. Sent to Norfolk Island. Brother in colony as John Reddy 5 years previously

Charles Whalley. Sent to Cockatoo Island for 6 months

Robert Williams. Sent to Moreton Bay for 3 years in 1831

William Walker - Brother in the colony as James Walker 7 years previously

John Watson - From Leeds. 2nd conviction. Came in the Elizabeth in 1816 for 7 years. Pardoned then went home in Earl of Liverpool in 1827.

Convicts Disembarked

The Sydney Gazette reported: The prisoners by the Adrian were landed on Monday, and those by the Marquis of Huntley on Thursday, making in all a total of three hundred and ninety-five. They are mostly fine powerful men, and will prove an acquisition to our up country friends, having a considerable portion of agriculturalists in their number.

Notes and Links

1). William Bell Carlisle was also surgeon on the convict ships Henry in 1825, Asia in 1820, Morley in 1823 (VDL) Andromeda in 1827 (VDL) and the Phoenix in 1828.

2). In the 1820's William Bell Carlisle was granted 2000 acres of in the Hunter Valley which he named Satur.

3). Find out more about bushranger Buchanan Wilson who arrived on the Marquis of Huntley

4). Convict Joseph Coleman was executed at Newcastle in 1833

5). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Marquis of Huntley in 1830

6). Return of Convicts of the Marquis of Huntley assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....

Edward Bennett - Chair caner assigned to HL. Miller at Sydney
George Berry - Labourer assigned to James Kingaby at Parramatta
John Battye - Steelworker assigned to James Brown at the Customs at Sydney
John Evans - Indoor servant assigned to F. Alderston at Liverpool
George Foggan - Excise man assigned to John Tindall at Penrith
Thomas Forder - Ploughs. Assigned to Robert Lambert junior at Bathurst
Benjamin Gullis - Carpenter and joiner assigned to Timothy Nowlan at Hunters River
William Giles - Seaman assigned to Edward Kealy at Hunter's River
Martin Joyce - Labourer assigned to G.C. Curlewis at Argyle
Robert Jones - Blacksmith assigned to William Jacklin at Lower Portland Head
James Swift - Bricklayer assigned to John Hughes at Sydney Hospital

7). Captain William Ascough made his fortune as a ship's captain and owner bringing convicts to the Colony in the ships.......
Malabar 1819;
Ann and Amelia 1825;
Marquis of Huntley 1826;
Marquis of Huntley 1828;
Marquis of Huntley 1830; and
Portland 1832
Portland 1833
Mary 1835.
William Ascough became an extensive landowner. He died tragically in 1836.


[1] UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857. Medical Journal of William Bell Carlisle on the voyage of the Marquis of Huntley in 1820. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

[2] Bateson, Charles, Library of Australian History (1983). The Convict Ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.348-349, 386