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Convict who arrived in Sydney on the Friendship in 1788. Described as a stocking weaver and timber getter, he was convicted in Exeter in 1783 of highway robbery and sentenced to transportation to America for seven years, but escaped before departure in the convict mutiny on the Mercury in 1784. Recaptured, he was transported to New South Wales. On 10 February 1788 he married fellow convict, Frances Anderson and given a land grant in Parramatta in July 1791. Accused in 1794 by Marsden of drunkenness on the Sabbath, a few weeks later he was murdered by drinking partner John Hill when he tried to defend a woman, Hill's partner, from an attack. He was the first emancipist in the colony to be murdered by another colonist.