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Biographical entry Taylor, Frederick Howard (1862 - 1946)

MRCS 20 January 1887; FRCS 14 June 1888; MB BS London 1887; MD 1888; LRCP 1887; MRCP 1889.

25 November 1862
15 August 1946
Tunbridge Wells
General surgeon


Born in London on 25 November 1862, the third child and second son of James Hudson Taylor (1832-1900), MRCS, and his wife, née Dyer. J H Taylor founded and for long directed the China Inland Mission, with which his son Frederick was later associated for fifty-seven years; his life was written by this son in two volumes, subtitled The growth of a soul, 1911, and The growth of a work of God, 1918; there are presentation copies in the College Library.

F H Taylor was educated at Tetenhall College, Wolverhampton, and at the London Hospital, from which he qualified in 1887; in 1888 he took the London Doctorate and the surgical Fellowship, and in 1889 proceeded to the Membership of the College of Physicians. In that year he entered the mission field, and practised as a medical missionary in central China throughout his professional career. After retiring from active practice in China he continued his connexion with the China Inland Mission, engaging for it in literary and deputation work, which in the 1930's took him to America, where he lived at Germanstown, Pennsylvania, later returning to England.

Taylor married in 1894 Mary Geraldine Guinness who survived him, but without children. He died on 15 August 1946 at 17 Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells, aged 83. The funeral service was held at the headquarters of the China Inland Mission at Newington Green, London, N16, on 20 August. Mrs Taylor died on 6 June 1949.

Hudson Taylor in early years, the growth of a soul. London, China Inland Mission, 1911.
Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, the growth of a work of God. London, the Mission, 1918.
Mrs Taylor presented copies of the 1946 re-issue of these two volumes to the College in memory of her husband.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 17 August, 1946, p 7e; information from Mrs Taylor].

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