Joseph Gerrald

Joseph Gerrald (1760-96), a lawyer, was prominent among radicals in London who advocated drastic parliamentary reform. He was an impassioned and eloquent speaker at a convention in Edinburgh in 1793 which the authorities deemed subversive. Spurning an opportunity to abandon his comrades and avoid arrest, he was convicted of sedition and transported to New South Wales in 1795. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Oct 1794

Scottish Martyrs transported

Thomas Muir, Thomas Palmer, William Skirving and Maurice Margarot are sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for their part in advocating parliamentary and constitutional reform in Britain. Their radical ideas are influenced by the French Revolution and, together with Joseph Gerrald who was transported later, they become known as the Scottish Martyrs.

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Thomas Muir, Published as the Act directs by J.S. Jordan, July 15, 1795.