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Scott, Elizabeth (?–1790)

Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Ault were found guilty, on 21 February 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing four bridles, value 11 shillings; one bradoon, value 2 shillings; two strap irons, value 1 shilling; and two leather straps, value 1 shilling. Both women were sentenced to seven years transportation.

Scott was buried on 2 April 1790 after overeating her rations. David Collins wrote about her death in his An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, 'The female convict occasioned her own death, by overloading her stomach with flour and greens, of which she made a mess during the day, and ate heartily; but, not being satisfied, she rose in the night and finished it. This was one of the evil effects of the reduced ration'.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 323

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