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According to her convict records, my ancestor Bridget Byrne was tried at Trim County Meath in August 1801 and sentenced to transportation for life. I am trying to find either a record from the Assizes or a newspaper report about them to see what she was convicted of (and possibly find out more information about her). She was tried in Trim, but I've seen no record that indicates where she was born or lived. I also don't know if Byrne was her married name or maiden name, and don't know if she had a family already when she was transported (she started one in Australia anyway)

I have been searching the Irish Newspaper Archive online looking for a report in the Freemans Journal from 1801 on the Trim Co Meath Assizes held on 17th August 1801. I have found the following reports of assizes from the following editions of the Freemans Journal:

Freemans Journal Aug 18 – Armagh Assizes report from 7 August

Freemans Journal Aug 20 – Cork Assizes report from 10 August

Freemans Journal Aug 20 – Monaghan Assizes report from 13 August

In the Freemans Journal from Aug 29 – it seems like page 3 is missing – I suspect it is underneath the scan of page 4. I’m wondering whether a check of the hard copy int he National Library might turn up the missing report on the Trim Assizes?

Does anyone have any ideas on how I could organise this?

Kind Regards

Brett Maron

Canberra, Australia


Monday 9th Apr 2018, 03:58AM

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  • Hi Brett:

    Thanks for your query to the Ireland Reaching Out message board.

    You may have to search for the assizes records in either the National Archives of Ireland at:

    or at the National Archives in the UK at:

    You might also consider using the British Newspaper Archives as a source.  They have Irish newspapers in their collection.  This is also a fee-paying site as is the Irish Newspaper Archives.

    Have you tried looking through the Ireland-Australia transporation database?  It is available at the link below:

    The very best of luck with your research!

    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Monday 9th Apr 2018, 12:33PM
  • I also believe I am a descent of Bridget Byrnes 

    married Morgan Power ( Poor,Poet) also Irish convict 

    arrived on the Rolla 1803 and sent to the female factory in parramatta

    may have lived in seven hills NSW 


    Saturday 4th Mar 2023, 10:54AM

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