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James Lockard (1814–1833)

from Colonial Times

The dreadful sentence of death was this morning put in force on James Lockart, the murderer of the late Murdoch Campbell, Esq. His extreme youth (only we are told seventeen), and his unmeaning countenance might have created for him a feeling of sympathy in the minds of many, but the atrocious nature of his crime, and the reckless spirit he evinced, forbade such a tribute. His conduct since his conviction, we regret to say, was of the same character, and even when brought into the yard, the efforts of the Rev. Mr. Cowper, and Mr. Orton, the Wesleyan Missionary, to awaken in his breast a thought of futurity, appeared productive of little or no avail. After ascending the scaffold, Mr. Cowper continued with him for a long time, still anxious to succeed in his pious attempt. At length he listened to a prayer or two, but with great apathy, and was finally launched into eternity without manifesting any decided symptom of sincere and genuine repentance. His sufferings were of short duration, and after hanging the usual time his body was cut down, and removed to the General Hospital for dissection, pursuant to the latter part of his sentence.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Lockhart, James

Tyrone, Ireland


4 February, 1833 (aged ~ 19)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: life