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Pigott, Samuel (c. 1761–1817)

Samuel Pigott/Pickett and Samuel Barsby were found guilty on 20 March 1786 at Devon, England, of the theft of 50 yards of drugget (coarse woollen cloth). Their death sentences were commuted to seven years transportation. Sent to the Dunkirk hulk, they arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet.

Pigott was sent to Norfolk Island on the Golden Grove on October 1788. After involvement in a plot to take over the island in January 1789 he was held in irons. On 15 February he was ordered to work in light irons. By July 1791 he was subsisting on a 2-acre Sydney town lot, living with Mary Thompson. He left the island in September 1792. In November 1794 he received a 30 acre grant of land in the Hawkesbury region. By 1800 his household consisted of himself, a woman, and four children. In 1804 he was granted a further 35 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. In 1806 all of his household (himself, wife and seven children) were off stores. He was buried (as Samuel Picket) on 14 May 1817 at Parramatta, his age given as 50.

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  • Pickett, Samuel
  • Piggote, Samuel
  • Pickell, Samuel
  • Pickitt, Samuel
  • Picket, Samuel

c. 1761


13 May 1817
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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