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Biography of William Taylor

William Taylor
William Taylor

The Very Reverend William Taylor (1744-1823) was a graduate of the University and Principal from 1803 until 1823.

Taylor became Minister of Paisley High Church in 1772 and was translated to Glasgow Cathedral Church in 1780. He graduated DD in 1783 and in 1798 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He had been the Faculty's choice for Principal in 1785 but he was not chosen because, as the Minister of Glasgow, he was one of the Visitors (under the terms of the Nova Erectio of 1577) charged with examining the University's accounts: there were questions as to the propriety of the proposed appointment, and it was feared that he would be unable to focus on his duties as Principal at the same time as devoting his energies to his parish's affairs. His appointment in 1803 revived concerns, and several professors voiced their objections, but Taylor did not act as a Visitor during his principalship.


William Taylor
Minister of Glasgow

Born 1744.
Died 29 March 1823.
GU Degree: DD, 1783;
University Link: Graduate, Principal
Occupation categories: clergy
Record last updated: 14th Jul 2009

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