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Tea and EmpireJames Taylor in Victorian Ceylon$
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Angela McCarthy and T. M. Devine

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119056

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119056.001.0001

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Before Ceylon

Before Ceylon

(p.8) 1 Before Ceylon
Tea and Empire

Angela McCarthy

T.M. Devine

Manchester University Press

This chapter charts Taylor’s early origins at Auchenblae in northeast Scotland, in order to understand what shaped his personality and achievements abroad. As well as providing critical family information, it pays particular attention to Taylor’s schooling, the region’s agricultural excellence and engagement with the industrial revolution, and the nature of Scottish networking in Ceylon, all of which shaped Taylor. We conclude with details of Taylor’s time in London before he took ship to Ceylon.

Keywords:   Auchenblae, Education, Agriculture, Industrialisation, Scottish networking, Henry Stiven, Peter Moir, London, Haddens, Great Exhibition 1851

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