Simon Watson Taylor (politician)

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Simon Watson Taylor (1811 – 25 December 1902) was a Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Devizes in Wiltshire from 1857 to 1859.[1][2]

He was the son of George Watson-Taylor, also a Member of Parliament. The family estates were in west Wiltshire at Erlestoke and nearby parishes, and included Baynton House, Coulston.[3]

On 30 June 1843 Watson Taylor married Lady Hannah Charlotte Hay (1818–1887), one of the daughters of Field Marshal George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale (1787–1876), thus becoming a brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington, the Marquess of Dalhousie, the 9th Marquess of Tweeddale, George Hay, Earl of Gifford, Admiral of the Fleet Lord John Hay, General Sir Richard Taylor, and Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Baronet.[4]

The marriage resulted in at least two daughters, Rose Edith (died 1933) and Violet Emily (died 1937). By each daughter there were grandchildren.[4]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 107–8. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ "Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 8 pp234-239 – East Coulston". British History Online. University of London. 1965. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Lady Hannah Charlotte Hay at

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Gladstone and
George Heneage
Member of Parliament for Devizes
With: Christopher Darby Griffith
Succeeded by
Christopher Darby Griffith and
John Gladstone