Clan Tailyour

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Clan Tailyour
Motto In Cruce Salus (Salvation from the cross)[2]
Clan Tailyour has no chief, and is an armigerous clan
Historic seat Kirktonhill Castle[3]

Clan Tailyour,[1] also known as Clan Taylor,[2] is a Scottish clan. The clan is recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms but it does not currently have a clan chief therefore it is considered an armigerous clan.[1] The surname Taylor is also considered a sept of the Clan Cameron of the Scottish Highlands who are descendants of Taillear Dubh na Tuaighe (b.1550), see: Taylor sept.


Origins of the clan

The surname Tailyour is derived from the French tailler which means to cut.[1] In Latin it is rendered as cissor.[1] In around 1137 Walter Cissor received a grant of land from David II of Scotland.[1] The historian George Fraser Black states that Taylor is a very common name in early Scots records.[1] In 1276 Alexander le Taillur is listed as valet to Alexander III of Scotland.[1]

Wars of Scottish Independence

In 1296 Bryce le Taillur was one of the Scottish prisoners at the capture of Dunbar Castle.[1] In the same year six people of this name appear on the Ragman Rolls, rendering homage to Edward I of England, from counties as far apart as Angus and Roxburgh.[1]

15th, 16th 17th and 18th centuries

In the Latin form of then name Cissor, both Donald Cissor and Bricius Cissor were witnesses to a deed in Inverness in 1462.[1] In around 1552 Gillepatrick Tailzeour was sergeant of Dornoch.[1] The name is also found rendered as Macintaylor and in 1613 several Macintaylors were fined for sheltering outlawed members of the Clan Gregor.[1]

James Taylor, born 1753 in Lanarkshire is credited with the first practical application of steam power to vessels for inland navigation.[1] The great paddle steamers which would later carry passengers and freight on the rivers of North America were derived from Taylor's original work.[1]


Kirktonhill is four and a half miles north of Montrose, Angus and there was a castle here that was held by the Taylors from the 18th century, who had made money from sugar plantations in Jamaica.[3] This was replaced by Kirktonhill House, a mansion that itself was demolished in the 1960s.[3] Nearby is Kirktonhill Tower, a three story folly.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Way, George and Squire, Romily. (1994). Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). pp. 463.
  2. ^ a b Clan Taylor Profile Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Coventry, Martin. (2008). Castles of the Clans: The Strongholds and Seats of 750 Scottish Families and Clans. pp. 569. ISBN 978-1-899874-36-1.

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