The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Taylor, Francis Pringle
Taylor, Francis Pringle, R.N., Commander, Queensland Naval Forces, was born in Edinburgh in 1852, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy. He entered the Royal Navy in 1866, and after seeing considerable service was made lieutenant in 1877. Two years later he was invalided, and went to Australia, where ho speedily recovered his health, and was appointed commander of H.M.S. Wolverine in the New South Wales service—a post he retained until the vessel was paid off five years later. After a course of study in gunnery and torpedo warfare in England, Captain Taylor was appointed first lieutenant of H.M.Q.S. Gayundah, and succeeded Captain H. T. Wright as commander of that vessel, and senior naval officer and superintendent of the Queensland Naval Defence Force in Nov. 1888.