Hugh was born about 1801 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and probably died before 1871. He married Euphemia Lawson, daughter of William Lawson and Jean Campbell, in 1821 in Scotland. They had two children: William and Sarah.
Hugh was initilaly charged along, with Euphemia, with murder and with throwing vitriol. The murder charge was dropped and he was found not guilty of the second charge. Euphemia and both children were transported to Van Diemen's Land, leaving on 7 May 1828 on the Borneo.
Some time after May 1828 Hugh re-married to Elizabeth, born about 1802 in Cramond, Midlothian, Scotland. The 1841 census shows them living alone at 19 Brunswick Street, St Cuthberts, Midlothian. His occupation was still a house painter.
The 1851 census shows them living at 8 Mackenzie Place, Edinburgh. He is listed as a journeyman House Painter and she a lodging house keeper. There were five lodgers that night but no children in either census so it appears they had no offspring. He does not appear in the 1871 census so it is likely that he had either retired and moved away or died by then.