Harry Powlett, 4th Duke of Bolton

Harry Powlett, 4th Duke of Bolton PC (24 July 1691 – 9 October 1759), known until 1754 as Lord Harry Powlett, was a British nobleman and Whig politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1715 to 1754, when he took his seat in the House of Lords.

The Duke of Bolton
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
In office
Personal details
Born(1691-07-24)24 July 1691
Died9 October 1759(1759-10-09) (aged 68)
Spouse(s)Catherine Parry
ParentsCharles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton and Frances Ramsden

Early lifeEdit

Born the second son of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton and Frances Ramsden, Powlett started his career in the Royal Navy.[1] He served as an ADC to the Earl of Galway in Portugal, in 1710 during the closing stages of the War of the Spanish Succession.[1]

Political careerEdit

Powlett was elected at the 1715 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ives in Cornwall.[2] He held the seat until the 1722 general election,[3] when he was returned as MP for Hampshire.[4] He held that seat until he succeeded to the peerage in 1754,[5] with one interruption. At the 1734 general election he was returned both for Hampshire and for Yarmouth. A petition was lodged against the Hampshire result, and he sat for Yarmouth until 1737 when the petition against the Hampshire result was withdrawn, then chose to represent Hampshire rather than Yarmouth for the remainder of the Parliament.[6]

He served as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales from 1729 to 1751.[7]

Powlett joined the Board of Admiralty in the Whig government in June 1733[8] and was advanced to Senior Naval Lord in March 1738[9] but had to stand down when the Government fell from power in March 1742.[8] He went on to serve as Lieutenant of the Tower of London from 1742 to 1754 and was then sworn a Privy Counsellor in January 1755.[1]

He succeeded his elder brother Charles Powlett, 3rd Duke of Bolton to the dukedom in 1754. He died on 9 October 1759 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles.[1]


Hackwood Park, Hampshire

Powlett married Catherine Parry (d. 25 April 1744), by whom he had four children:[1]

The Duke of Bolton's properties included Hackwood Park in Hampshire, Bolton Hall, North Yorkshire, Edington in Wiltshire and Hooke Court in Dorset.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Powlett, Lord Harry (1691-1759), of Edington, Wiltshire". History of Parliament. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ Stooks Smith, p. 47
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I"
  4. ^ Stooks Smith, pp. 121–122
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  6. ^ Stooks Smith, p. 520
  7. ^ "Harry Paulet, 4th Duke of Bolton, PC". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870, Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  9. ^ Rodger, p. 51-52
  10. ^ The Peerage of England; Containing a Genealogical and Historical ..., Volume 1. p. 236.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Hopkins
Sir William Pendarves
Member of Parliament for St Ives
With: Sir John Hobart, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Hobart, Bt
Henry Knollys
Preceded by
George Pitt
Lord Nassau Powlett
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
With: Lord Nassau Powlett 1722–1727
Sir John Cope, Bt 1727–1734
Edward Lisle 1734–1741
Paulet St John 1741–1747
Francis Whithead 1747–1751
Alexander Thistlethwayte1751–1754
Succeeded by
Alexander Thistlethwayte
Marquess of Winchester
Preceded by
Maurice Bocland
Paul Burrard
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth (Isle of Wight)
With: Paul Burrard
Thomas Gibson
Succeeded by
Anthony Chute
Thomas Gibson
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Archibald Hamilton
Senior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Lord Archibald Hamilton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hatton Compton
Lieutenant of the Tower of London
Succeeded by
Marquess of Winchester
Preceded by
The Duke of Bolton
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
Vice-Admiral of Dorset and Hampshire
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Powlett
Duke of Bolton
Succeeded by
Charles Powlett