Taylor, Sir Henry

(1800-1886)
   Born at Bishop-Middleham, Count Durham, the son of a farmer, he was educated mainly at home until 1814. He was a midshipman for a year, but his health was not up to it, so he returned home to immerse himself in his father's well-stocked library. In 1817, two of his brothers died from typhus in London, but Henry survived and from 1824 until 1872 he worked for the colonial office, during which time he exercised considerable influence on the colonial policy of the British Empire. In 1872 he was made a Knight of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, and retired to Bournemouth, Dorset, where he died. Taylor wrote a romantic comedy and four verse tragedies. Philip Van Artevelde (1834) was set in Flanders in the 14th century. The Statesman (1836) was a satire on the civil service. He was a friend and literary executor of Robert Southey (see entry). Some of his poems: "Alabama!" "A Welcome," "Heroism in the Shade," "St. Clement's Eve," "Sonnet in the Mail Coach," "The Eve of the Conquest," "The Hero, the Poet, and the Girl," "Women Singing."
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