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Dennis Driscoll (c. 1761–1792)

Dennis Driscoll (c.1761-1792) was sentenced to be hanged in 1790 at Cork County, Ireland, for stealing a silk cloak. His sentence was later reduced to 7 years transportation. He arrived at Sydney in September 1791 aboard the Queen.

Driscoll was one of the 20 male Irish convicts who attempted to walk to China in October 1791. His pregnant partner Catherine Edwards went with them. The re-captured convicts were returned to Rose Hill.

Dennis Driscoll was buried on 18 March 1792 at Parramatta. His son Thomas Driscoll Edwards, born in January 1792, died in May 1792.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Driscall, Dennis
  • Driscald, Dennis

c. 1761


17 March, 1792 (aged ~ 31)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Cork (Ireland)
Trial Date: 1790


Children: Yes (1)