Professor emeritus in the history department of Brock University, Robert Ratcliffe Taylor was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he lives. He has a BA in history and English from the University of British Columbia; an MA in history, also from UBC; and a PhD in History from Stanford University. He has written on the history of German architecture, on the Welland Canal, and on the city of St. Catharines, Ontario. He serves as a volunteer docent at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. He has self-published books about Victoria. He has also written an excellent summary on the life and work of early B.C. architect Hermann Otto Tiedemann. See Tiedemann entry.


The Ones Who Have to Pay: The Soldier-Poets of Victoria BC in the Great War 1914-1918 (Trafford 2013) by Robert Ratcliffe Taylor examines and explains why the culture of Victoria was deeply loyal to the British Empire and that results of that ardent loyalism to the men who enlisted.

Imperial Eden: Victoria BC in Verse c. 1858-1920 (Trafford 2014).

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Ones Who Have to Pay: The Soldiers-Poets of Victoria BC in the Great War 1914-1918

[BCBW 2015]