Thomas Taylour, Earl of Bective

Thomas Taylour, Earl of Bective (11 February 1844 – 15 December 1893), styled Lord Kenlis until 1870, was an Anglo-Irish Conservative politician.

Bective was the son of Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort, by his first wife Amelia (née Thompson). Kenlis was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He entered Parliament for Westmorland in 1871 (succeeding his father), a seat he held until 1885, when the constituency was abolished, and then represented Kendal until 1892.

Lord Bective married Lady Alice Maria, daughter of Arthur Hill, 4th Marquess of Downshire, in 1867. They had two daughters:

Bective served as High Sheriff of Westmorland in 1868. He died December 1893, aged 49, predeceasing his father by seven months. His half-brother Geoffrey later succeeded in the marquessate. The Countess of Bective died in 1928.

He was a Freemason, and served from 1886 as Grand Sovereign (head of the Order) of the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Appendant Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St John the Evangelist, which is a masonic order open only to trinitarian Christians.[1] His brother Geoffrey, who succeeded to the marquessate, was also a Freemason.[2]

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  1. See details of his appointment in this historical survey.
  2. See 'History of the Lodge of Assistance 1899–2002', page 24.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Bective
William Lowther
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
With: William Lowther
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
James Cropper
Member of Parliament for Kendal
Succeeded by
Josceline FitzRoy Bagot
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