Daniel BRIEN, 17701837 (aged 67 years)

Convict uniform as punishment
Daniel /BRIEN/
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Also known as
Daniel /BRYAN/
BirthThe Briens of Seven Hills

"He was a lad of 19 in 1787, living in that part of London called Hackney."

ConvictedThe Briens of Seven Hills

He was a lad of 19 in 1787, living in that part of London called Hackney. Then, on 7th February, some brickmakers were working in a field in Hackney, getting clay for bricks, and they noticed two youths, walking across the field, one carrying a large bundle. The brickmakers suspected that something was wrong there and, as rewards were given by the Justices to people who grabbed thieves, the brickmakers decided to ask a few questions. If you arrested a highwayman, the reward was about £40. But, for arresting thieves, the payment might be only £10, but it was still good money. Daniel Brien then came up and said, "'What's the matter, Jack?". "Give me the bundle. Come across the road, for I'll not be stopped by anybody. "

He then took the bundle and said, "Go and fetch your mother. These things are going to the washerwoman to be washed." So Jack and his mate went off to see Jack's mother and the brickmakers arrested Daniel Brien and took him down to the Justices at Shoreditch with the bundle, which turned out to be washing from a ladies' college and that it had been stolen from there. But Daniel had the bundle handed to him, so he was charged with stealing clothes worth £7.6.0/- in a dwelling house. Now, this was a serious offence, and in 1714, the English Parliament changed the law, and people found guilty of stealing things worth more than 40/- from houses were sentenced to death by hanging, as happened later to little Ann Parker. And that is what happened to Daniel Brien. He was charged before a Justice of the Peace at Shoreditch where he was sent for trial before a Judge and Jury at the big court of the Old Bailey. At that time, Daniel could not give evidence for himself. He could only make an unsworn statement from the dock. His defence was, "I was going across the field and saw two men came running past. I thought I knew one of them, and I saw three men running after them. I ran up to see what was the matter, and said 'Jack. What is the matter ?' He said that he had some things to take to the washerwoman for his mother, and these men would not let him, and I said, 'I will take care of these things while you fetch your mother.' He went away and never returned. And they kept me."

Commutation of SentenceWeb Site - Old Bailey - London's Central Criminal Court 1674 to 1913

The following capital convicts were offered his Majesty's pardon, on condition of Transportation to the Coast of New South Wales, for seven years , which they accepted, viz. William Clay , George Wallis , Daniel Brien , Thomas Wood , Jacob Jonas , Thomas Johnson , George Lovell alias Gipsey George , James Shirley , Charles Berkley , Thomas Tusk , James Bebbin , Robert Fawcett , William Tanner , Thomas Holyoake , Samuel Crofts , William Johnson , Edward Collins , Walter Forguson , William Harper , Robert Cox , William Caddie , Thomas Ward , John Harper .

PrisonerThe Briens of Seven Hills
PrisonerThe Briens of Seven Hills
TransportedThe Briens of Seven Hills
ConvictThe Briens of Seven Hills
ConvictThe Port Jackson Convicts Anthology
Citation details: Convict Names, page 305
PropertyThe Briens of Seven Hills

Then we come to the most important happening in his history, the purchase of his first farm. Its first owner was Samuel Harding who was given a Crown Grant of 30 acres, being allotment 163 in the Parish of Prospect on lst August, 1799. He sold the bottom ten acres to Joseph Kerans for £16 on lst June, 1804. Kerans (or Kearnes) sold it to Benjamin Carver on12th January, 1806, and Carver sold it to Hugh Doherty on 29th 0ctober, 1806. And Daniel Brien bought the ten acres from Doherty on 23rd February, 1807 for £35. None of the documents mention a hut or a house on this farm, but he might have had a house of some kind there.

OccupationThe Briens of Seven Hills
Citation details: P 26
MarriageThe Briens of Seven Hills
Citation details: P 29
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: V18212684 3B/1821 BRIEN DANIEL PARKER ANN CB
DeathThe Briens of Seven Hills
BurialThe Briens of Seven Hills