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Onk of our most eminent settler*, General William Taylor, died at hia residence, West Tamaki, on June 27. General Taylor was boru on the 2nd of December, 1790. He was the third son of the Rer. W. T*ylor, D.D., Principal of Glasgow College, one of the chaplains for Scotland to George the Third, and for upwards of twenty ye«rs miuister of St. Euoch'a Canton, Glasgow, in which city he was well known as » distinguished preacher. General Taylor went out to Madras as a cadet iv 1806. His commissions date as follow :—: — Ensign, July 3, 1807 ; Lieutenant, August 27, 1811; Captain, September 4, 1822 ; M*jor, September 25, 1835; Lieutenant-Coloue!, June 13, 1840; Lien-tenant-Colonel-Commandant, September 4, 1849; Colonel, September 28, 1850; Major-General, November 28, 1854 ; Lieufcenant-General, March 28, 1865. General Taylor served with his regiment, the 39fcti Madras Native Infantry, with the Kurnool Field Force in 1839, and with the expedition to China in 1842. As Brigadier he commanded the Sangor and Nurbudda District, Central In<<i«, from 1849 to 1855, then came down to New Zealand on sick leave after a continuous sertice of nearly fifty years. Returning to India, he finally reared on furlough, and settled in this country in 1857, since which time he has been a resident at the West Tamaki. He was highly esteemed in the district, and did much tdwardn its advancement. We may quote the following with reference to General Taylor, from a speech by the Her. Mr. Macky at the opening of the West Turnaki Preibyteriau Church : — "But there Is one who, by reason of age and infirmity, ia unable to be present among us, and to ah«re our festivity, one to whom we owe much, whose name I cannot forbear mentioning. Were I ,to do bo, it would be regarded by all of you, except the members of his own family, as an inexcusable omixsion, and in the same light should I look upon it myself. I ref<-r, you well know, to the gallant veteran General Taylor,, whose munificent subscription towards the building fund of this church enabled your committee to undertake the erection of a much superior style of building to that which they would otherwise have been warranted in doing. This, moreover, has been only one of many generous acts which tke gallant General has , performed toward* us. Himself the son cf a pariah minister of Glasgow, he has wai m sympathies with the Church of his fathers, and has been a regular contributor to thu funds of this congregation, and to the various schemes of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, daring all the time he has resided among us. I am sure you will all join with me in sincerely and earnestly praying that God may greatly enrich and ble-s his soul, and that, the battle of life being over, its evening may become more and more perfectly serene and peaceful as it drawl nearer to » close, ' ani that at length an abund»nt entrance shall be ministered unto him into the regions of peace and glory." The interment took place on June 30 in th« presence of a large number of Auckland settlers who had knowo him during life, and who respected and esteemed him for hia many virtuous and amiable qualities. It was the wish of the late General to -be buried in the mosb unostentatious manner possible; and in a spot of his own selection. This Wish was carried out to the letter, when the last mortal re nains of the late General were interred in the buryinsj-ground attached to the West Tamaki Presbyterian Church. It is worthy of note 'that this ground formerly belonged to General Taylor, " who a short time ago set it apart and dedicated it as » burial-ground for the West Tamaki Church, which, wo n»derstand, will Very probably be named St. Enoch's, out of respect to General Taylor. No interment had, however, taken place, and the respected donor vraa himself the first over whom the funeral rites were performed on the ground, to seek repose where "the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at re^t." Among those' present we may mention Messrs. Browning, Jamea Williamson, Culonel Nation,- Rev. D. Bruce, Mr. James Farmer, Dr. Wilson, Rev. S. Blackburn, Messrs. J. Smart, A. Bereridge, Hughes, A.'Buckland, D. White, Davis, Wiseman, Gollan, Wyllie, Atkyns, Thomson, G-. Howard, J. Kerr, Ewen, B. Maclean, Hunter, -Captain "Ponsonby, and others. On .arrival at the burial ground the hearse w*a brought up to the grave, and the Rev. Mr. ' Mackay offered up an appropriate prayer. The body having been lowered into the grave, the clergyman referred in eloquent language to the fact of deceased having dedicated that particular piece of ground for the .burial of the dead, and said that the late General had now consecrated the ground by his own body. He then earnestly exhorted his hearers to maint »in their steps in the paths that were true .and righteous : if they did so it mattered but little when death should come, for it would always find them ready. The last fuueral rites having then been performed upon the deceased, a brief prayer was offered up over the grave by Mr. Mackay, when the funeral cortege again left the ground. The coffin-plate bore the simple inscription :—: — "WILLIAM TA.YLOK, Aged 77 years. , ' Died June 27, 1868. ■m

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DEATH OF GENEEAL TAYLOR., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXIV, Issue 3421, 3 July 1868

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DEATH OF GENEEAL TAYLOR. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXIV, Issue 3421, 3 July 1868