Until the development of the modern prison system, banishment and transportation were two of the possible sentences used by the authorities to punish those who had broken the law.
In this talk, Ken Nisbet will:
* explain the difference between the two
* look at how and why, transportation developed and replaced overseas banishment
* exlplore why internal banishment continued to be used as a punishment during the 19th century
He will also look at how to find and interpret the sources we can use to research those who were banished or transported. Ken will be taking examples from his own research and family history, having had three brothers of one of his ancestors transported to Australia for various crimes committed in Edinburgh.