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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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'Scott, Elizabeth (?–1790)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/scott-elizabeth-29993/text37202, accessed 20 September 2021.

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