Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Edward Nolloth R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 14 January 1845

Edward Nolloth was born 22 March 1814, the sixth son of John Nolloth of the Portsmouth Dockyard.

Royal Navy Service

Edward Nolloth was appointed staff surgeon in the Royal Navy 18 August 1835 [2]. He was appointed Surgeon 14 January 1845 [3].

He was the first to be appointed on the staff of the Royal Naval Hospital, Malta.

Surgeon Superintendent

Edward Nolloth was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ships Maria in 1849 (to VDL), the Hempsyke to Gibraltar in 1851 and the Fairlie in 1852 (to VDL).

He was surgeon on the Hercules bringing emigrants from Scotland in 1853.

Crimean War

He served as surgeon on HMS Victor Emmanuel, carrying eighty guns, during the whole period of the Russian War, and was awarded the Crimean and Turkish Medals and Sebastopol Clasp, 5th class Medjidie. [1]


After having lived in retirement for many years with the rank of Fleet Surgeon, he died at his residence in Camberwell on April 29th, 1887. [1]


MRCS May 5th 1845;
FRCS May 23rd 1857;
LSA 1835;
Ext LRCP Lond 1845;
MRCP 1863. [1]

Notes and Links

1). National Archive - Reference: ADM 101/49/3 Description: Medical journal of the Maria, female convict ship from 5 March to 28 July 1849 by Edward Nolloth, surgeon superintendent, during which time the ship was employed in the passage from Ireland to Van Diemen's Land.

2). National Archives. Medical journal of the Hempsyke, convict ship, for 21 July to 25 August 1851 by Edward Nolloth, Surgeon Superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in a passage from England to Gibraltar.

3). National Archives - Reference: ADM 101/27/2 Description: Medical journal of the Fairlie, convict ship, for 8 February to 12 July 1852 by Edward Nolloth, Surgeon Superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in a passage from England to Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land.

4). National Archives - Reference: ADM 101/77/5 Description: Medical and surgical journal of HMS Hercules for 1 April to 31 December 1853 by Edward Nolloth, Surgeon, during which time the said ship was employed on particular service conveying Scotch emigrants from Ireland (Cork) to Australia

5). National Archives - Diary related to work at Naval Hospital at Malta


[1] Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online

[2] National Archives UK

[3] Navy List