Edward Baldwyn was born in 1785 in Bream. He married Anne Williams in 1901 and had five children, one of whom died at the age of nine. He worked as a collier and a smith. At the age of 46, on 28 March 1832, he was sentenced to death for the theft of one sheep, the property of William Henry Peel who owned the 1000-acre Estate Ayesmoor near, St Briavels. Baldwyn had no previous convictions and the verdict was based on the suspicions of two witnesses. The sentence was commuted to transportation for life. On 1 May he was transferred to the prison hulk, the Cumberland moored at Chatham. He was later transferred to Mary 111 which set sail for New South Wales on 4 September 1832 and arrived at Sydney Cove on 6 January 1833.
Edward Baldwyn died on 19 February 1836 in the General Hospital, Sydney at the age of 52.