James Taylor

Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Taylor was born on 26 August 1726, in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, JAMES TAYLOR, was 28 and his mother, HELEN DENNISTON, was 24. He married Susan Smellie on 20 March 1748, in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter.

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James Taylor
Susan Smellie
Marriage: 20 March 1748
William Taylor
John Taylor
James Taylor
Alexander Taylor
Jean Taylor

Spouse & Children

20 March 1748
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


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World Events (4)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 76

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.

Age 89

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge

Age 91

Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for a tailor, from Old French tailleur (Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland, and its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as an Americanized form of the numerous equivalent European names, most of which are also very common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example Schneider , Szabó , and Portnov .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Taylor in entry for Alexander Taylor, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Taylor in entry for Jean Taylor, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Taylor in entry for James Taylor, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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