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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Taylor (1820-1873)


Born at Bristol, England in 1820, he spent some years in Newfoundland before arriving in Rupert’s Land as the first missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was ordained by Bishop David Anderson in St. Andrew’s Church on 22 December 1850. He opened a Sunday school in 1851 and did all the painting inside and out of the church which was consecrated in 1855 as “St. James.” He also established a lending library of 200 volumes and was elected to the council of the Institute of Rupert’s Land in 1862. Taylor retired in ill health to England in 1867.

See also:

William Henry Taylor, Dictionary of Canadian Biography X, 673-74.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2018

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