My great great-grandfather was a native of Annan, Dumfries, Scotland, born to Thomas and Isabella Ewart. His known siblings were William, John and Mary.

In May 2011 we visited Annan and found the town and the surrounding countyside to be very picturesque. It is situated in the Borders region of Scotland, south of Lockerbie and north-west of Carlisle on the Solway Firth.

Below are some photos we took whilst visiting the old Annan cemetery, on the left are memorials to Robert and Thomas Ewart.

Ewart memorials
Old Annan Cemetery

Henry was tried at the Cork Barracks on 8 Dec 1841 for desertion from his unit, the 20th Regiment. He was then convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Van Diemens Land, leaving Dublin on 2nd May 1842 on board the "Isabella Watson" and arriving on 5 Aug 1842.

LINC Tasmania provide online access to convict records and I was able to find two particular documents relating to Henry's conviction and sentence (from CON 33/1/26 and CON 14/1/15).

He was a 22 year old spinner, married with two children and a native of Annan in Dumfrieshire. His father Thomas was in Manchester. Also listed were his mother Isabella, sister Mary and brothers William and John.

Once in Tasmania there is some difficulty with establishing the family of Henry as it appears he married two women, one in October 1852 and another in November 1852! One of his sons Robert Ewart was a noted prospecter in Western Tasmania.
I believe Harry died on 15th Jan 1887 in Longford, Tas.

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