James Duncan (1768–1791)

JAMES DUNCAN was a convict who was tried at the Old Bailey, London in September 1785 for breaking and entering a home and stealing various items in partnership with JAMES MUNDAY, THOMAS ARNETT, and EDWARD GRIFFITHS. Only JAMES DUNCAN was found guilty of the crime and was sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to transportation for life in early 1786. He sailed with the Second Fleet per Surprize (1) (1790) and died in Parramatta in April 1791. He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 11 April 1791.

Burial Location

  • unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Trial Records


Primary Sources

Secondary Sources


# Second Fleet

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Sentence: Death (commuted)

# Punishment: Transportation for Life

# Ship: Surprize (1) (1790)

# Burial year: 1791

# Grave: unmarked

This profile is a stub. Further information will be added in due course.