Thomas Taylor, Baron Taylor of Gryfe

Last updated

Thomas Johnston Taylor, Baron Taylor of Gryfe FRSE DL LLD (27 April 1912 13 July 2001) was a British politician and businessman. He was affectionately known as Tom Taylor.

Contents

Personal life

Taylor was born in Glasgow on 27 April 1912. His father, John Sharp Taylor, was an Independent Labour Party Member. He died when Tom was three years old and the latter was raised with his two siblings by his mother from that time.

He was educated at Bellahouston Academy. His first job upon leaving school was as an office boy in the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society. He was later their Chairman. [1]

In 1931 a scholarship led to his living in Germany, where he also returned later in his youth. He was a member of the German Young Socialists but was opposed to the rise of the Nazi Party. During the Second World War he was a conscientious objector. Taylor later became a Quaker.

In 1977 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno, Robert Allan Smith, Donald McCallum and Sir David Lowe. [2]

He died on 13 July 2001.

Family

He was married in 1943 to Isobel Wands and had two daughters: Jill and Joyce.

Political career

As a young man Taylor was a member of the Independent Labour Party, and was elected to Glasgow City Council in 1934 as the city's youngest ever councillor. [3] He stood for the ILP as a parliamentary candidate in the 1941 Edinburgh Central by-election. He later joined the Labour Party, then the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Owenite 'continuing' SDP, before returning to Labour in 1990. [4] [5]

Taylor opposed Scottish devolution. Although an opponent of the Government's Railways Bill in 1993, he noted that he had no objection to privatisation as a concept.

On 29 January 1968 he was created a life peer as Baron Taylor of Gryfe, of Bridge of Weir in the County of Renfrew . [6] From then he had a seat in the House of Lords.

Outside politics

Taylor served as President of the Co-operative Wholesale Society in Scotland and chaired the UK Forestry Commission. From 1971 to 1980, he was chairman of Scottish Railways and a number of other companies, including twelve years as the chairman of Morgan Grenfell Scotland.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Donald Dewar</span> First Minister of Scotland from 1999 to 2000

Donald Campbell Dewar was a Scottish statesman and politician who served as the inaugural First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland from 1999 until his death in 2000. He previously served as Secretary of State for Scotland from 1997 to 1999. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Anniesland from 1978 to 2000. Dewar was also Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the equivalent seat from 1999 to 2000.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart</span> British Liberal Democrat politician and life peer (1936–2020)

Robert Adam Ross Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart, was a British Liberal Democrat politician and life peer.

Hector Seymour Peter Monro, Baron Monro of Langholm, AE, PC, was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician. He was Member of Parliament for Dumfriesshire for over 32 years, from 1964 to 1997, and then a life peer in the House of Lords.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gus Macdonald</span> British politician

Angus JohnMacdonald, Baron Macdonald of Tradeston, is a Scottish television executive, life peer and former Labour member of the House of Lords.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wayland Young, 2nd Baron Kennet</span> British writer and politician (1923–2009)

Wayland Hilton Young, 2nd Baron Kennet was a British writer and politician, notably concerned with planning and conservation. As a Labour minister, he was responsible for setting up the Department of the Environment and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Later he joined the SDP. He lost his seat in the Lords following the House of Lords Act 1999.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Herbert Bowden, Baron Aylestone</span> British politician

Herbert William Bowden, Baron Aylestone, was a British Labour politician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">George Thomson, Baron Thomson of Monifieth</span> British politician (1921–2008)

George Morgan Thomson, Baron Thomson of Monifieth, was a British politician and journalist who served as a Labour MP. He was a member of Harold Wilson's cabinet, and later became a European Commissioner.

John Thomas Wheatley, Baron Wheatley, was a Scottish Labour politician and judge.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tam Galbraith</span> Scottish politician

Sir Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith, known as Tam Galbraith, was a Scottish Unionist politician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Social Democratic Party (UK, 1988–1990)</span> Political party in the United Kingdom (1988–90)

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) formed in 1988 was a political party in the United Kingdom led by David Owen, which lasted for only two years. A successor party to the original Social Democratic Party (SDP), it was known informally as the 'continuing' SDP.

Neil George Carmichael, Baron Carmichael of Kelvingrove was a Scottish politician. He was a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) in Glasgow from 1962 to 1983.

Jesse Dickson Mabon, sometimes known as Dick Mabon, was a Scottish politician, physician and business executive. He was the founder of The Manifesto Group of Labour MPs, an alliance of moderate MPs who fought the perceived leftward drift of the Labour Party in the 1970s. He was a Labour Co-operative MP until October 1981, when he defected to the SDP. He lost his seat in 1983, and rejoined the Labour Party in 1991.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Gibson, Lord Gibson</span>

Robert Gibson, Lord Gibson FRSE was a Scottish lawyer and politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenock from 1936 to 1941, and Chairman of the Scottish Land Court from 1941 to 1965.

Henry Stephen Wilson, Baron Wilson of Langside, PC, QC was a Scottish lawyer, Labour politician and life peer.

Bellahouston Academy is a non-denominational state-run secondary school in Bellahouston, south-west Glasgow, Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anas Sarwar</span> Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Anas Sarwar is a politician who has served as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party since 2021. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Glasgow region since 2016, having been Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Central from 2010 to 2015.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jessie Stephen</span> British suffragette (1893–1979)

Jessie Stephen, MBE was a twentieth-century British suffragette, labour activist and local councillor. She grew up in Scotland and won a scholarship to train as a teacher. Family finances dictated otherwise, leading to her becoming a domestic worker at the age of 15. She became involved in national labour issues as a teenager, via organisations such as the Independent Labour Party and the Women's Social and Political Union. Stephen moved to London during World War I and in the 1920s she toured the United States and Canada, where she held meetings with the public including migrant English domestic workers.

Events from the year 1973 in Scotland...

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Social Democratic Party (UK)</span> Political party in the United Kingdom (1981–88)

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was a centrist to centre-left political party in the United Kingdom. The party supported a mixed economy, electoral reform, European integration and a decentralised state while rejecting the possibility of trade unions being overly influential within the industrial sphere. The SDP officially advocated social democracy, but its actual propensity is evaluated as close to social liberalism.

References

  1. Independent (newspaper) obituary 15 July 2001
  2. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN   0-902-198-84-X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. Guardian (newspaper) obituary 29 July 2001
  4. "Young stands firm on Harrods report", The Times, 4 April 1989, p. 5.
  5. "Obituary: Lord Taylor of Gryfe", Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2001, p. 29.
  6. "No. 44514". The London Gazette . 30 January 1968. p. 1191.
Party political offices
Preceded by Scottish Division representative on the Independent Labour Party National Administrative Council
19411943
Succeeded by