John Agnes was convicted in County Cork in 1796 of "being a whiteboy and administering unlawful oaths". The "Whiteboys" were an Irish rebel organisation who used violent tactics to support the rights of tenant farmers. John was sentenced to seven years transportation  although he may have successfully petitioned against this by arguing he had since enlisted for Foreign Military Service. No record has been found of John Agnes arriving in New South Wales, at least not linked to this particular conviction.
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