Patrick Taylor was born at Montrose in Scotland in 1806 and orphaned as a child. A wealthy young man of very delicate health, it is believed he came to Albany for health reasons and to purchase land for farming.
He arrived at Albany in 1834 on board the 'James Pattison'. During the voyage he met Miss Mary Yates Bussell and fell in love, over a period of time sending her many beautiful letters and poems. These indicated he was a very sensitive young man, thoughtful, perhaps introverted, philosophical and very religious.