Brugden is a convict transported to New South Wales with the First Fleet. He's an extremely large and imposing man. In England he'd been a gamekeeper on a rich man's estate and in New South Wales, Governor Gilbert promotes Brugden to the role of his own personal gamekeeper. This means that Brugden is allowed to carry a gun, something that technically, only soldiers are allowed. Brugden is also given a great deal of freedom to hunt in the forests unsupervised, and these privileges cause the soldiers to dislike Brugden. On several of his unsupervised hunts Brugden runs into natives and shoots at them, and Rooke suspects that Brugden's stories of being attacked unprovoked are far from the truth. Brugden dies when Carangaray spears him, apparently unprovoked.