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Percyvale Taylor

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Percyvale Taylor (1847-1906), of Burthe and Taylor, 26 Rue de Caumartin, Paris.

1847 Born in Cornwall son of Richard Taylor and his wife Caroline[1]

1861 Living in Wimbledon

1891 Mining engineer, living in Kensington with his mother and sisters[2]

1906 Died


1906 Obituary [3]

PERCYVALE TAYLOR was the son of Mr. Richard Taylor of the old-established mining firm of John Taylor and Sons, London, and was born near Falmouth on 4th February 1847.

After a home education he studied mechanical engineering in the works of Messrs. T. B. Jordan and Co., in South London, and in 1867 undertook the management of the lead smelting and desilverizing works of the Sociótó des Mines et Fonderies de Pontgibaud in the Auvergne, France.

In 1872 he resigned this position, and was then appointed manager of the Panther Lead Works at Bristol.

In 1882 he was sent by his father's firm to inspect and report upon a series of mines in Arizona. Relinquishing the direction of the Panther Lead Works in 1883, he again undertook the inspection of mines in the United States, principally in the Rocky Mountains.

In the following year he entered into partnership with M. P. Burthe, of Paris, as mining engineers, the firm undertaking the management of the tin mines of La Villeder in Brittany, Bonnac in Auvergne, and others, and at the same time the inspection of mines in France, Spain, and other countries. On behalf of his firm he went out to the State of Perak, Straits Settlements, to explore, prospect, and take up tin-mines, and several concessions were taken up and worked by the firm, under his management.

After spending about three years there he returned to Europe and retired from active business.

His death took place at his residence in London, on 19th April 1906, at the age of fifty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1874.



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