TAYLOR, JOHN [SSNE 86]
John Taylor served as the colonel and chief of the Smålenske infantry regiment in Danish-Norwegian service from 1644 to 1645. He had briefly commanded Bergenhus too, being replaced by Colonel James Murray [SSNE 113]. Hannibal Sehested made frequent use of Taylor and his forces during those campaigns. He commanded the regiment's assault on the fortifications at Gothenburg in August 1645. The regiment contained 800 infantry, 100 archers, 100 cavalry, 100 dragoons. The regiment contained several notable Scottish officers including Sir Thomas Gray [SSNE 45], Lt. Capt Richard Gordon [SSNE 44], and Capt. William Maitland [SSNE 70]. In January 1646 and February 1650, the citizens of Fredrikstad were looking for a reduction of taxes due to the quartering of Colonel Taylor's regiment
Statholderskabets Extraktprotokol af Supplicationer og Resolutioner 1642-1652 (2.vols, Cristiania, 1896-1901), I, p.264 and II, p.271, February 1650; O. Ovenstad, Militaerbiografier: Den Norske Haers Officerer (Oslo, 1949), vol.2, p.478; G. Lind, Danish Data Archive 1573; J.C.W. Hirsch and K. Hirsch (eds.), 'Fortegnelse over Dansk og Norske officerer med flere fra 1648 til 1814 (12 vols. compiled 1888-1907), XI,vol.3; J. Wahl, Det Gamle Bergenhusiske Regiments Historie 1628-1720, (Christiania, 1901), pp.10-14; A. F. Jensen, Kavaleriet: Norge 1200-1994, (Trandum, 1995), pp.50-2; Samlinger til det Norske Folks Sprog og Historie, I, (Christiania, 1833), pp.150-1,160-1,438,444-5,453,464,497,499.
- DENMARK-NORWAY, BERGENHUS AND SMÅLENSKE INFANTRY REGIMENT, NORWAY
- Arrived 1644-08-01, as COLONEL
- Departed 1645-09-14, as COLONEL
- Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY