Patrick Taylor was born in Montrose, Scotland in 1806 and was 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 he sent her many beautiful letters and poems. These indicated he was a very sensitive young man, thoughtful, perhaps introverted, philosophical and very religious which in his later years would prove that he was very difficult to live with.