Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

William Henry Trotman R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 21 August 1810

William Henry Trotman was born in Barbados in 1785.

He was Acting Surgeon's 2nd Mate on the vessel Spartiate at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He was 20 years old. [1]. Select here to find out more about the Union Jack that flew on the Spartiate at the Battle of Trafalgar.

William H. Trotman was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814[2]

Surgeon Superintendent

William Henry Trotman was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on two convict ship voyages to Australia:

Claudine to New South Wales in 1829

Waterloo to New South Wales in 1831.

He was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for service in 1841.

1861 Census

William Trotman age 76 can be found in the 1861 Census residing in Bristol with his wife Jane age 40. William records his place of birth as Barbados and Jane was born in Ireland.


William Henry Trotman of Charlotte Street, Park-street, Bristol, Surgeon R.N. on the retired list, died age 77 on 23 April 1862.

He was buried at Arnos Vale Cemetery Arnos Vale, Bristol, England. [3]

William Trotman's widow Jane was Executrix of his estate which was valued at under £2000[4]


[1] National Archives UK

[2] Navy List

[3] Find a Grave

[4] England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941