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Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire
Bolton Hall, North Yorkshire

Baron Bolton, of Bolton Castle in the County of York, is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1797 for the Tory politician Thomas Orde-Powlett, who had previously served as Chief Secretary for Ireland. Born Thomas Orde, he was the husband of Jean Mary Browne-Powlett, illegitimate daughter of Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton, who had entailed the greater part of his extensive estates to her in default of male issue of his younger brother Harry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton.

John Orde, younger brother of the first Baron Bolton, was an Admiral in the Royal Navy and was created a baronet, of Morpeth in the County of Northumberland, in 1790.

The sixth Duke died without male heirs in 1794 when the dukedom became extinct and the Bolton estates passed to Thomas Orde in right of his wife. In 1795 he assumed the additional surname of Powlett. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baron. He briefly represented Yarmouth in the House of Commons. On his death the title passed to his nephew, the third Baron. His grandson, the fifth Baron, sat as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Richmond and served as Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

In 2018, the title is held by the latter's great-grandson, Harry Algar Nigel [Orde-Powlett], 8th Baron Bolton, who succeeded his father. His residence in 2016 was Wensley Hall, Wensley, Leyburn. [1]The family seat is Bolton Hall near Leyburn in North Yorkshire. His son Hon Thomas Peter Algar Orde-Powlett MC is the current heir.[2]

Barons Bolton (1797)Edit

Orde-Powlett, Lord Bolton. The arms of Paulet, with the difference of a quarter argent and thereon a scutcheon sable with a salmon rising.
Kingsclere, 1848 shield, Orde-Powlett impaling Carleton for William Orde-Powlett, 2nd Baron Bolton (1782–1850) and his wife (married 1810) Hon Maria Carleton (1777-1863), daughter of Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester.
William Thomas Orde-Powlett, 4th Baron Bolton (1845-1922), ready for a coronation, 7 August 1902, by Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

The heir apparent is the present holder's eldest son, Capt. Hon. Thomas Peter Algar Orde-Powlett MC (b. 1979), who won the Military Cross in Iraq in 2003.[4] He now runs Bolton Castle with his wife Katie.[5][6]

His heir apparent is his son, Hector Percy Algar Orde-Powlett (b. 2009).[7]

See alsoEdit

Bolton landsEdit

According to John Bateman's The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland, 1883, the 3rd Lord Bolton (1818–1895) of the day,[9] of Hackwood Park, Basingstoke, &tc, and the London clubs Carlton and Boodle's, had in the North Riding of Yorkshire 15,413 acres (62 km2) returning £14,515.20 per year and in Hampshire 13,808 acres (56 km2), returning £14,414.40 (converted from guineas).[10]

The sixth Baron, still as today of Bolton Hall, died in 1963 with free-to-distribute assets probated at £71,979 (equivalent to about £1,500,000 in 2018) and about ​120 of that amount the next year in a settled land valuation, co-administered by Sir Henry Lawson-Tancred.[11]


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  4. ^ "OS awarded Military Cross". Shrewsbury School. 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ "My home is my castle". The Yorkshire Post. 8 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Dales soldier awarded Military Cross". BBC News. 31 October 2003.
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  8. ^ 12 February 1655, at St. Dionis Backchurch, London.
  9. ^ William Henry Orde-Powlett, 3rd Baron Bolton
  10. ^ Bateman, page 46.
  11. ^ Calendar of Probates and Administrations