TAYLOR, Philip (c.1652-1716), of Weymouth, Dorset

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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2 Mar. 1698 - 1700

Family and Education

b. c.1652.  m. lic. 31 Aug. 1682, aged 30, 4s. 2da.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Weymouth 1687–9, 1700–1, 1711–12.2


A local merchant, Taylor was returned at a by-election for Weymouth in March 1698 as a Whig, and successfully contested the seat in the general election which followed shortly afterwards. In a list drawn up in September of that year he was classed as a Court supporter. An inactive Member, he stood down at the first 1701 election, in order to accommodate his fellow Whig Hon. Maurice Ashley*. He continued to support the Whig interest locally, but did not stand for Parliament again. He died within a month of making his will on 6 Oct. 1716, and was buried in the parish church of Melcombe Regis. At the time of his death he owned property in Weymouth and Somerset, and was sufficiently wealthy to bequeath £700 apiece to his two daughters.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Mar. Lic. Vicar-Gen. (Harl. Soc. xxx.), 105.
  • 2. Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 438–9.
  • 3. Ibid. 437; PCC 215 Fox.