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THE REV. WILLIAM TAYLOR,
PREFERRED TO THE VICARAGE
(From a Photograph by Mr. H. W. ROWLAND, Maryport)
Multitudes of North countrymen have in the past gone South and have
there won success, and it is safe to say that more will go in the future and
achieve position and name, but it is in very many cases vastly different when the
South countrymen comes North. He finds the character and habits of thought of
the people strange. The cloak of reserve under which they cover their natural
warmness of heart from all but their relatives and friends chills him; he
finds them less responsive to advances, less emotional, less inclined to "let
themselves go" and play the natural man, at all events when outside the circle of
intimates, than the people of the south, and he jumps at the conclusion that
they are cold and proud, lacking in sympathy, and full of suspicion. But if he
remains long enough among the people he finds that in his haste he has done
them an injustice, and the truth is that while North country folk may be blunt
in speech, with perhaps less refinement of manner than the people of the
south, and slow to make friends, they stick to them.
The Rev. Wm. TAYLOR, however is a South countryman, who has come North
to do his life's work, and has succeeded in winning the esteem and goodwill
of the people amongst who he labours. While yet in his teens, Mr. TAYLOR'S
thoughts turned towards the mission field, and when quite a young man he went out
to British East Africa, intending to serve under the Church Missionary
Society in Uganda. But the dreaded malaria fever intervened to upset his plans. He
had not been out more than two months, and had got no more than 200 miles
upcountry when the fever had him in it's grip. He was invalided home, being carried
down to the coast in a hammock by natives.
After reaching England and recovering, he was advised that his health
would not permit him to carry out his original intention. He then took up lay
work, labouring for three years in an East London Parish, St. Jude's, Mildmay
Park, and on leaving here he went to Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire. Afterwards
he entered St. Bees Theological College, where he obtained a first class in
the Oxford and Cambridge Theological Examination.
He was ordained by the Bishop of Barrow in June, 1892, in St.
Cuthbert's, Carlisle, and was licensed to the curacy of Egremont. He was ordained
priest in December of the same year by the Bishop of Carlisle, and remained at
Egremont until May 1894, when he was appointed curate at St. Mary's, Maryport,
where he has laboured until now he has been fixed upon by the Bishop to succeed
the Rev. E. H. SUGDEN at Arlecdon.
During his stay at Maryport he married. Mr. TAYLOR is a sound
Evangelical, who, while recognising that the particular glory of the church of England
in her comprehensiveness, which enables her to embrace within the ranks of
her clergy men of the high, Low and Broad Schools, considers that the Ritualists
are not honest men in continuing to eat the bread of the Church of England
while starving to introduce doctrines and services hardly distinguishable from
those of the Church of Rome. He is a spiritual man, a hard worker, with a
strong dislike of sectarian squabbles and bickerings, which he will do all in his
power to discourage.