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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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Triumph and tears: last years and legacy

Triumph and tears: last years and legacy

(p.173) 8 Triumph and tears: last years and legacy
Tea and Empire

Angela McCarthy

T.M. Devine

Manchester University Press

In 1891, James Taylor received public acclaim for his role in Ceylon’s tea and cinchona enterprises. A mere six months after this public accolade, he was dead and his reputation sullied beforehand. We examine the public scandal surrounding Taylor’s dismissal from his position as superintendent at Loolecoondera, followed by his mysterious death and the public outrage it generated. We conclude with an assessment of Taylor’s legacy in both Sri Lanka and Scotland with a particular emphasis on tourism.

Keywords:   Mahiayawa, Ceylon Tea Museum, Loolecondera, Talawakelle, Tea tourism, Auchenblae, Mosspark, Barbara Cartland, Legacies

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