Susannah Lallemont, was condemned to death (some sources say that Susannah was only 16.) Still, “the prisonner was recommended to mercy, on account of her age.” Perhaps “mercy” meant that her death would not be as gruesome as some. Perhaps it was lucky that the empire “needed” colonists. Susannah was repreived to a life of […]
It had all started when Susannah Lalliment “stole” that ten pound note she saw lying on the floor. After a year of life at sea and waiting at port, it must have seemed that her sentence of a “life of transpotation” really was a life of transportation. Until she met a ship’s carpenter, and a forgotten hero…
Stranded on her tropical island, it’s likely that Susannah Lalliment didn’t know or care what happened to her would be rescuers turned deserters, Captain Rowland and his Holkar privateer. To the British navy and merchant marine, however, the brig Holkar was a menace. Slowed only by the captured ships and other prizes they had to […]
Despite her conviction, Susannah Lalliment was lucky. The far off colonies of the Empire had too few loyal subjects, and the parliament had an idea of how to get more people there. Susannah’s death sentence was commuted to banishment, life on the other side of the world.
Susanna Lalliment didn’t know how to spell her own name. She was said to be descended from French Huguenot refugees, but she seemed to speak English well enough. The Lalliments were skilled lace makers in Nottingham. The lace business in Nottingham, however, was changing. New technology put many traditional craftsmen out of work. Perhaps being […]