Edward Tagart was born in Bristol on 8 October 1804 and died of a fever in Brussels on 12 October 1858. He attended Bath Grammar School and Manchester College, York before entering the Unitarian ministry as pastor of the Octagon Chapel in Norwich. In the late 1820s Tagart moved to London and began a ministry at a newly built chapel in Little Portland Street. He was to remain there for more than a quarter of a century, and at one time numbered the novelist Charles Dickens among his congregation. During his time in London Tagart rose to become General Secretary of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, and it was while returning from an official visit to his co-religionists in Transylvania that he fell ill in Brussels and died.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.