Edward Taylor (MP for Canterbury)

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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[1] daughter of Thomas Turner Payler of Ileden, who died at Brussels in 1780.[2] 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."[3] In 1800, Taylor was a captain in the Romney fencible dragoons.[2]

In 1807, Taylor was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Canterbury. He held the seat to 1812.[4]

Taylor died aged 68.

Taylor married Louisa Beckington, daughter of Rev. J C Beckington of Bourne, Kent in 1802. He was the brother of Lieutenant General Herbert Taylor who was MP for Windsor. [1]


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Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Taylor

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Baker
Samuel Elias Sawbridge
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
With: John Baker
Succeeded by
John Baker
Stephen Rumbold Lushington