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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Taylor, Sir Herbert (1775-1839)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0067

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Taylor, Sir Herbert (1775-1839)

Date(s): 1826-1827

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Taylor | Sir | Herbert | 1775-1839 | Knight | courtier and army officer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Herbert Taylor was born in 1775. While his family travelled on the continent he received private tuition and became a good linguist. Through an acquaintance with Lord Grenville, he obtained a job in the foreign office where his knowledge of languages was useful. Taylor met Prince Frederick, Duke of York (1763-1827), in 1793. He was given a commission as cornet in the 2nd dragoon guards, and promoted to Lieutenant, in 1974. He remained with the Duke of York as assistant secretary. He accompanied Lord Cornwallis to Ireland as his aide-de-camp, military secretary and private secretary, in 1798. He became private secretary to the Duke of York, from 1799-1805, receiving promotions to major, and lieutenant colonel. He became Private Secretary to the King in 1805, and then to Queen Charlotte after the establishment of the regency. He was knighted in 1819. He was made Colonel of the 83rd foot in 1823, and promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1825. He became deputy secretary of war in the War Office in 1827, and the King made him his principal aide-de-camp. The following year he became Adjutant-General of the Forces, and then later, Private Secretary to William IV. He retired in 1837 and died in 1839. Taylor had been a confidential friend of the Duke of York, and wrote the Memoirs of the last Illness and Decease of HRH the Duke of York (London, 1827).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Herbert Taylor, 1826-1827, comprising a volume of manuscript notes titled Memorandum, between the 9th June 1826 and 5th January 1827, describing the condition and state of mind of Prince Frederick, Duke of York (1763-1827) during his last illness.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.



Archival history:

The Librarian, William Le Fanu, has written the title on the fly-sheet, and dated it 1930.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of the item is unknown.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

Medical records | Documents | Information sources
Monarchy | Political systems
Observation | Scientific methods
Primary documents
Royal family

Personal names
Frederick | Prince | 1763-1827 | Duke of York and Albany | army officer and Bishop of Osnabrück x York | Duke of
Taylor | Sir | Herbert | 1775-1839 | Knight | courtier and army officer

Corporate names