John Culpin (born 1798 Castor, Northamptonshire)
John had a number of court appearances before finally being transported to Tasmania. The following articles in newspapers refer to a court appearance in 1837.
At the sessions held at Peterborough Wednesday week, before Cheselden Hensen, esq. Chairman and a full bench of magistrates, John Culpin, of Castor, was found guilty of a pound breach in rescuing from the pinder 9 ewes and 4 lambs, on the 18th of March last, and ordered to pay 10s damages and 8s costs
At the Peterborough Sessions held at the Town-hall on Wednesday last, the 28th of June, before Cheselden Henson Esq., and a full bench of justices,-.John Culpin, of Castor, cottager, was indicted for a pound breach at that parish in rescuing 9 ewes and 4 lambs from John Smith, the pinder, on the 18th of March last. The sheep had, it appeared, frequently trespassed upon the lands of Mr.Dickens, farmer, and on the night in question Culpin was detected. Found Guilty: ordered to pay. 10 s fine and all costs