Sir Thomas Wardlaw Taylor (March 25, 1833 – March 2, 1917) was a Canadian lawyer and judge.

Thomas Wardlaw Taylor
Chief Justice, Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba
In office
Preceded byLewis Wallbridge
Succeeded byAlbert Clements Killam
Personal details
Born(1833-03-25)March 25, 1833
Auchtermuchty, Scotland
DiedMarch 2, 1917(1917-03-02) (aged 83)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh

Born in Auchtermuchty, Scotland, he studied at Edinburgh University, and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1858. From 1872 to 1883 he was Master of Chancery, in the Ontario Court of Chancery.

In 1883 he was appointed a puisne judge of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, a position he held until appointment as Chief Justice of Manitoba in 1887. He was one of the members of the Court who sat on the appeal by Métis leader Louis Riel from his conviction of high treason following the North-West Rebellion in 1885. The court dismissed Riel's appeal, which was upheld by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, at that time the highest court of appeal in the British Empire.[1]

Taylor was Chief Justice of Manitoba from 1887 to 1899, and in 1890 and 1893 was administrator of the provincial government. He made an extensive study of equity jurisprudence, on which subject he published a volume of Commentaries (1875). He was the author of Chancery Statutes and Orders and The Public Statutes Relating to the Presbyterian Church, and more.

He was knighted in the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Honours.[2]

He is commemorated by Wardlaw Avenue in Winnipeg.[1]


  1. ^ a b Thomas Wardlaw Taylor at the Manitoba Historical Society
  2. ^ "No. 26947". The London Gazette. 14 March 1898. p. 1691.