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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Taylor (1835-1908)


Born in the Orkney Islands on 29 June 1835, coming to this country in the early 1860s to enter the fur trade. He was married twice, his first wife having died in Scotland. As he was experienced in seamanship he was given command of a fur trading vessel which sailed from Moose Factory to York Factory and other posts on the northern waters. He was later given charge of the entire Hudson’s Bay sailing fleet, which position he held for many years. Because of ailing health he retired from the service and moved from Moose Factory to Nipigon, Ontario, in 1903.

In 1906 Taylor came with his family to Winnipeg where he resided until the time of his death in 1908. He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

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