A number of Shakespeares were sentenced to transportation for their crimes. The earliest were two brothers from Coventry who were sent to America in 1769 for an as yet undetermined crime.
Further records are available for the following:
Further details on the
history of the convict Elizabeth Shakespear, before and after her
trial and transportation
Further details on the history of the convict Elizabeth Shakespear, before and after her trial and transportation
|Robert Shakespeare||1799, Warwick||1818|
|Benjamin Shakespeare||1825||1865||Brother of John|
|John Shakespeare||1835||1866||Brother of Benjamin|
The source which led to the discovery of the last four convicts on the above lists came from 'Tickets of Leave' Butts listed by the Society of Australian Genealogists:
Thanks are due to Malcolm Ward, who has carried out research on the Australian Shakespeare Convicts, and also to Mike Shakespeare, who made the original discovery of these individuals.