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LorraineJ
17-08-09, 11:14
Leading on from convictions for transportation, does anyone know of a website that lets you calculate modern equivilents of old sums of money.

In my case a sideways ancestor was convicted of stealing six shillings in about 1790 and I am wondering what that would be in todays money. It must have been a considerable sum as originally he was given the death sentence that was converted to transportation for life.

Cloggie
17-08-09, 11:17
Hi Lorraine,
Try this site: Take a break | Currency converter (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency/)

Mary from Italy
17-08-09, 11:17
Take a break | Currency converter (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency/default.asp)

Measuring Worth - Purchasing Power of British Pound (http://measuringworth.com/calculators/ppoweruk/)

Mary from Italy
17-08-09, 11:18
It wasn't all that much. People were given the death sentence for very minor offences.

LorraineJ
17-08-09, 11:37
It wasn't all that much. People were given the death sentence for very minor offences.

You aren't kidding, how despicable. Transporting someone for around £70-80. I thought he had to be a Ronald Biggs of his day, though in real terms what could you buy then as opposed to now?

Durham Lady
17-08-09, 11:46
It wasn't all that much. People were given the death sentence for very minor offences.

In Bodmin Jail there's list of people who were hanged and the crime they had commited. Things such as stealing rings, stealing 3 sheep, stealing 1 ox, housebreaking and robbery. A 20 year old woman hanged for setting fire to a mow of corn.

Darksecretz
17-08-09, 11:57
there is a few links in our wiki

General History - Family Tree Forum (http://www.familytreeforum.com/wiki/index.php/General_History#Current_Value_of_Old_Money)

kylejustin
19-08-09, 08:22
my cousins ancestor was deported to australia for stealing a handkerchief!

flashieboy
19-08-09, 08:47
A witness at my great great grandfathers wedding had been transported to Tasmania for 7 years for having three wives.

YOu would think he was glad of the holiday....but he got married again.:eek: