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    Default Orkney Taylors -Marwick

    I have traced my family back from Canada (Hudsons Bay Company) to Marwick, Birsay, Orkney and an Alexander Taylor (b1741?) who married Marion Captain in 1787.

    I think Alexanders' father is Henry Tayler, and Henrys' father is Johne Tailyeour, but that is just guesswork.
    I would like to know how this family of Taylors came to be on this island and this part of the island, as there are many Taylors in the Orkneys. I know there are Taylors on the mainland of Scotland and assume somehow they moved to the Orkneys. I had the understanding the Taylors were a sept of the Cameron clan.

    Dennis

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    My 4 x great grandmother was Agnes Taylor, born Birsay in 1794. She died beofre the 1841 census so I have no further information on her. I do have other Taylor's from Birsay married into my family . Afraid I can't help with how or when they came to Orkney.

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    Default Agnes Taylor born 1794 Birsay, Orkney

    Hello Fiona,
    I have relatives of my James Taylor who were also from Birsay, a cousin William born in 1788 and worked for the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.
    I believe James and Williams grandfather may have been Alexander. Do you know if there is any connection with your Agnes or any of your other ancestors?
    Dennis

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    Default Taylor in Orkney

    Dennis,

    You wonder how the Taylors came to Orkney. Taylor is a fairly common name all across the UK. It can be one of those surnames like Wright, Smith, Cooper, Souter and so on which have arisen from a persons occupation. Perhaps your ancestors have lived in Orkney for generations and were simply named after an ancestor who was a Tailor? There may not be a Clan connection.

    Elwyn

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    Hi Dennis - I found HUGE success with finding Orkney links through the Rousay Roots site. I know it is mainly based around Rousay however there are a lot of other links also.
    If you haven't already tried it - it is worth a shot.

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