Thomas Andrew Daniel 'Tad' Ryland was a farmer. Tad's wife Bella had been ill for a while and was confined to her bed at the family farm, Highfell Farm, Beckindale, a neighbouring farm to Emmerdale. She had cancer and her cousin Nan Wheeler nursed her. There was speculation that Tad would marry Nan when Bella died but this was just a rumour and Tad was devastated when his wife finally died. Nan left and Tad could live in peace.