Edward Taylor (MP for Canterbury)
Edward Taylor (24 June 1774 - 22 June 1843) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1807 to 1812.
Taylor was the son of Rev. Edward Taylor of Bifrons, Patrixbourne, Kent and his wife Margaret Payler daughter of Thomas Turner Payler of Ileden, who died at Brussels in 1780. He had a small country house Rowling near Canterbury where he was visited in 1794 by the novelist Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. Austen became enamoured of Taylor, who had "such beautiful dark eyes", writing two years later "We went by Bifrons and I contemplated with a melancholy pleasure the abode of Him, on whom I once fondly doted." In 1800, Taylor was a captain in the Romney fencible dragoons.
Taylor died aged 68.
- John Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain Volume 3
- Parishes: Patrixborne, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9 (1800), pp. 277-286. Date accessed: 24 November 2010
- George Holbert Tucker Jane Austen the Woman: Some Biographical Insights
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Taylor
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