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Taylor is a sept ("branch") of Clan Cameron, a Scottish clan. Present day members of the Taylor sept hold the Scottish surname Taylor.

Sept namebearer

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Members of the Taylor sept are descendents of Donald Cameron ('Taillear Dubh na Tuaighe'), who lived in the Scottish Highlands Lochaber area ("Cameron country") circa mid 16th century. Though Donald's father was XIV Chief of Clan Cameron, Donald, born out of wedlock, could not inherit the title. Nursed by a tailor's wife, Donald received the nickname An Taillear Dubh (an, a diminutive; Taillear, an occupational reference to the caretaker's husband; Dubh, translated as "black" in the context of meaning "swarthy" or "dark tempered") as an infant.[1][2] [3]

As a young man, Donald became skilled in battle with the Lochaber axe, and his nickname evolved to Taillear Dubh na Tuaighe ("Black Taylor of the Axe") because of his fighting prowess. Taylor and his family eventually found safety in Cowal. There, descendents of his family and followers became known as Mac-an-taillear ("son of the tailor").[4][5] [6]

Later history

In the 18th century, MacInTaillear, Macintaylor, Taylor, and Tayler families were still living on the Cowal peninsula. They referred to themselves as Clann an Taillear Dhuibh Chamronaich ("Children of the Black Taylor of the Camerons").(Mackenzie, 1875, pages 526-530)[7]

Coat of arms and tartan

The Taylor sept bears the Cameron Clan coat of arms, a depiction of a "wild man" with a Lochaber axe. Barring actual historical evidence, interpretations vary as to whether the depiction is the likeness of the Taylor sept patriarch, or if it denotes a character attribute and weapon of choice common amongst early Cameron.[4]

In 1955, Lt.Col. Iain B. Cameron Taylor designed the Taylor sept tartan with double black lines, honoring Taillear Dubh ("Black Taylor").[7]

References

  1. ^ "Taylor Sept". aaa hostmasters.net. http://aaahostmasters.net/clan_cameron.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-02.  
  2. ^ "Cameron of Lochiel". theflyingscotsman.ca. http://www.theflyingscotsman.ca/claninfo.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  3. ^ "Person Page - 19953". thepeerage.com. http://www.thepeerage.com/p19953.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  4. ^ a b "Clan Cameron Septs". clan-cameron.org. http://www.clan-cameron.org/septs.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  5. ^ "Scottish Taylors". crouserroads.com. http://www.crouseroads.com/taylor/norigin.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  6. ^ "Surname and Country Origins". taylor-genealogy.com. http://taylor-genealogy.com/index.php/TDL/Chap2. Retrieved 2008-02-02.  
  7. ^ a b "Clan Taylor". electricscotland.com. http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/stoz/taylor2.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  • Mackenzie, Alexander, Alexander Macgregor, and Alexander Macbain. The Celtic Magazine. Inverness: A. and W. Mackenzie, 1875.

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