Elizabeth Scott (d.1790)

Elizabeth Scott, a First Fleet convict sentenced at the Old Bailey and transported per Prince of Wales (1788), is not only one of St. John’s First Fleeters but is also the second person ever buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta. Since her burial on 2 April 1790 was preceded only by a male child named James Magee, Elizabeth is the first adult and first female buried in the cemetery. However, the exact location of her grave within the cemetery is unknown, as her grave is unmarked. (Earliest graves were in Section 4).

She was convicted at the Old Bailey on 21 Feb 1787 along with a woman named Sarah Ault. Both women were found guilty of stealing “four bridles, value 11 s. one bradoon, value 2 s. two strap irons, value 1 s. two leather straps, value 1 s. the property of Sarah Hall,” and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

Judge Advocate David Collins reported that Elizabeth caused her own death ‘by overloading her stomach with flour and greens, of which she made a mess during the day, and ate heartily; but, not being satisfied, she rose in the night and finished it.” Mollie Gillen notes that ‘Collins blamed the reduction in rations for the hunger that had caused her death.’


Names

  • Alternate: Eliza Scott

Burial Location

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

Positions

  • Convict Prince of Wales (1788)

Sources

  • David Collins, “Chapter IX,” An Account of the English Colony of NSW Vol. 1 (London: Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, in the Strand,1798), accessed 20 January 2017
  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p.323
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 20 January 2017), 21 February 1787, trial of SARAH AULT and ELIZABETH SCOTT, (t17870221-49), accessed 20 January 2017
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

Lists

# First Fleet

# Convict

# Ship: Prince of Wales (1788)

# Burial year: 1790

# Grave: unmarked