The Lord Farnborough
|Under Clerk of the Parliaments|
16 February 1871 – 17 April 1886
|Preceded by||Sir Denis Le Marchant, Bt|
|Succeeded by||Sir Reginald Palgrave|
Thomas Erskine May
8 February 1815
Highgate, Middlesex, England,
|Died||17 May 1886 71) (aged|
St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, England,
His seminal work, A Treatise upon the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament (first published in 1844) has become known as Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice or simply Erskine May: this parliamentary authority (book of procedural rules) is currently in its 25th revised edition (2019) and is informally considered part of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
Following his retirement as Clerk of the House of Commons in May 1886, May was created "Baron Farnborough, of Farnborough, in the county of Southampton" just a week before his death (since he left no heirs, the barony became extinct, making it the second-shortest-lived peerage in British history).