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Forrester, Isabella (Bella) (1773–1807)

Isabella Ramsay was sentenced to seven years transportation for the theft of clothing. She arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Mary Ann as part of the Third Fleet.

She married James Manning on 10 June 1792 but by 1800 was living with Robert Forrester. Her exact date of death is unknown but Forrester biographer, Louise Wilson, believes she died in 1807.

* information from Louise Wilson, Robert Forrester, First Fleeter (2009), pp 200-02

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  • Ramsay, Isabella

Workington, Cumberland, England


1807 (aged ~ 34)
New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years