Who was Patrick Taylor?
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Patrick Taylor, born 1806, was brought up by his guardian in Kirktonhill, Marykirk in Scotland, after being orphaned at a young age: Patrick had several siblings that unfortunately all died in their early youth. Patrick was then sent to be educated in England, possibly in Somerset.

Patrick Taylor later became acquainted with Captain James Stirling, and it is possible that Stirling convinced Patrick Taylor to come to Western Australia. The Western Australia colonies had been suffering from a population drift. He arrived at Albany in 1834 aboard the James Pattison, where he met his future wife, Mary Yates Bussell.

James Taylor married Mary Yates Bussell on Monday, September 18th, 1837 in a small service in Fremantle, that Captain Stirling himself attended by J Wittenoom, Colonial Chaplain.

Patrick Taylor was known to be a man of scruples, good characters and deep religious faith, which may have made him an ideal candidate for the free colonies of Western Australia. Taylor had a property, Candyup, on the Kalgan River that had views of Oyster Harbour. Patrick Taylor bought the cottage on Duke Street in 1835, where he lived until his death in 1877. His wife, Mary, died ten years later in 1887.