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George Clayton (c. 1764–?)

George Clayton (1764- ), indicted as George Kayton, was found guilty on 21 April 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of the theft of 11 linen sheets, four cotton shirts, one waistcoat and three hankerchiefs from a clothesline. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk in September 1784 and embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Clayton married Elizabeth Dudgeon on 24 April 1788. It is believed that they left the colony on the Admiral Barrington in January 1792. That ship reached Bombay (now Mumbai, India) safely but was blown from its moorings in a gale and many of the seamen were said to have been killed by islanders when they swam ashore at the Malvan Islands. It is not known what happened to the ship's passengers.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 73-74

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Alternative Names
  • Kayton, George
  • Hayton, George

c. 1764

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years