in details about beginning your search, The slightly less
illustrious career of convict, can still lead to a rich array
of records in the library. There are letters of clemency.
If the sentence was transportation then further lists give
the name, age, crime and some give the ship on which the person
was to be transported.
for convicts on board ships for transportation to foreign
lands were often better than for ordinary Irish travellers.
Stricter regulations governed rations and conditions on board.
See Emigration Ships for more
details on conditions.
The reasons for crime
were many. Some out of greed, some out of desperation for
food for a starving family. In famine times some would even
commit crime deliberately, considering transportation to a
foreign land preferable to what live they had back in Ireland.
See The Irish Famine for more on
how potato blight affect Ireland and its people.
Sentences could be
harsh for even the most minor of crimes. For example, Rose
Parks, from Armagh, aged only nineteen and sentenced to 7
years transportation for petty larceny.