John Taylor, M.L.A.

This Scottish Half-Breed was born at Middlechurch, educated at St. Paul’s School and was chosen by Bishop David Anderson to be trained to teach on the Indian settlements. He was the son of James Taylor and Mary Inkster a Métisse. He married Flora Campbell on September 23, 1856 at St. John’s. She was the daughter of Colin Campbell and Elizabeth McGillvray. Together they had eight children. He then married Frances Jane Brown on December 31, 1873 and they had fourteen children. Taylor was the first schoolteacher at Headingley and represented that area as an English-speaking delegate at the Convention of Forty in 1870. He was part of the armed party from Portage la Prairie that was imprisoned by Riel in February of 1870. Later, he was a magistrate and was elected to the Manitoba legislature as MLA from Assiniboia in 1871. He was Minister of Agriculture during 1878-79.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute