TAYLOR, Joseph (?1693-1746), of East and West Ogwell, Denbury, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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16 Apr. 1739 - 1741

Family and Education

b. ?1693, o.s. of Capt. Joseph Taylor, R.N., of Plymouth, Devon by his w. Mary. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 24 Oct. 1710, aged 17; M. Temple 1712. m. 16 Aug. 1726, Rebecca, da. of John Whitrow of Dartmouth by Mary, da. of Thomas Reynell, M.P., and half-sis. of Richard Reynell, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1733.1

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In 1734 Taylor contested Ashburton unsuccessfully in conjunction with his wife’s uncle, Richard Reynell, who died in 1735, leaving his estates to be sold for the benefit of Taylor’s wife. Next year he purchased these estates as the ‘absolute estate of inheritance—in Devon or elsewhere’ which he was required to settle upon her and his eldest son under the terms of his marriage settlement.2 Returned unopposed for Ashburton in 1739, presumably as an anti-ministerial Whig, he was one of the Members who withdrew from the House before the division on the motion for Walpole’s dismissal in February 1741. He did not stand again, dying 6 May 1746.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. Trans. Devon Assoc. xxxii. 248.
  • 2. PCC 193 Edmunds.