Highland and Island Emigration
The HIES Ship List information was generously
William "Bill" Clarke.
LIST OF EMMIGRANTS ASSISTED BY THE HIGHLAND AND ISLAND SOCIETY AND EMBARKED ON BOARD THE SHIP LOUISA WHICH SAILED FROM PLYMOUTH FOR VAN DIEMENS LAND ON THE 24th SEPTEMBER 1852.
Surnames - McDIARMID.
McDIARMID Donald 34 Stein Skeabost
236 Malcolm 13
The particulars of this case will be found at page 123, in the second volume of the correspondence of the Highland Emmigration Society.
"The family was in a state of extreme destitution. The young son brought home a sheep from the hills & induced his mother to dress a portion of it, but the father when he returned hence expressed extreme disapprobation at what they had done and caused mother and son to walk 25 miles to Portree and surrender themselves to justice. The son was pardoned, and was afterwards sent to Australia, but the mother was transported and she was permitted to take the three youngest children with her."
(Appended by W.B.C.)
A search of the convict records held at the Archive Office in Hobart shows that Marion McLeod alias McDearmit (should be spelt McDiarmid) arrived on the Sir Robert Seppings, which sailed from Woolwich on the 18th March 1852, and arrived in Hobart on the 8th July 1852.
The record states that she was transported for sheep stealing and was allowed to take 4 children with her. In the "Service" column of the report after a date of 7th Feb 1853 it states that her husband D. McDiarmid was at Mr. Murdoch's New Norfolk.
(Number of children does not agree with HIES record)
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