Sir William Bolton

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth26.12.1777 - Ipswich CSORN
First Known Service6.1.1795CSORN
FatherWilliam Bolton (c.1753-1840)ref:950
MotherMary Woodthorpe (c.1755-1840)ref:950
WifeCatherine Bolton (1781-1857)ref:950
DaughterEmma Horatia [Foley] (1806-?)ref:950
Daughter? (1810-c.1810)ref:950
DaughterMary Anne (1813-1819)ref:950
DaughterEllen Catherine [Girdlestone] (bef.1820-1891)ref:950
BrotherHoratio (1793-1873)ref:950
Last Known Service1815CSORN
Date of Death16.12.1830 - Costessey, Norfolk CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
6.1.1795 Blanche (32), Midshipman 
6.1.1795 Blanche vs Pique 
1797 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
11.8.1797 LieutenantCSORN
27.4.1801 CommanderCSORN
27.4.180110.1802Dart (28), Commander and Commanding Officerref:1155
19.5.1803 Appointed Knight Bachelorref:950
8.18039.4.1805Childers (14), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
10.4.1805 CaptainCSORN
10.4.18055.1805Amphitrite (38), Captain and Commanding Officerref:1155
12.18058.1808Eurydice (24), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
18088.1810Druid (16), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
18109.3.1812Endymion (44), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
6.18131815Forth (44), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793

Notes on Officer


This officer has been frequently described to us as a nephew of the late Vice-Admiral Viscount Nelson: such, however, is not the case; he being the eldest son of the Rev. William Bolton, Rector of Hollesby, co. Suffolk, and of Brancaster, in Norfolk; brother of Thomas Bolton, Esq. who married Susannah, eldest sister of that great officer, under whose auspices he commenced his naval career at the commencement of 1793, and with whom he continued to serve, as a Midshipman and Lieutenant, during the greater part of the French revolutionary war. He was advanced to the rank of Commander in 1801, appointed to the Childers sloop Of war in 1803, and posted April 10, 1805.

Captain Bolton subsequently commanded the Eurydice, Druid, Endymion, and Forth frigates, on the Mediterranean, Irish, Channel, and North American stations. Among the captures made by him in those ships were le Basque, French national brig, of 16 guns and 112 men, laden with flour, &c. for the relief of Guadaloupe; le Milan, privateer, of 14 guns and 80 men; and the Regent, American letter of marque, of 5 guns and 35 men.

In May, 1803, Captain Bolton acted as proxy for Lord Nelson at his installation as a K.B., and on that occasion received the honor of knighthood. He married his first cousin, Catherine, second daughter of the above mentioned Thomas Bolton, Esq. of Cranwich, Norfolk, (whose eldest son is presumptive heir to the Nelson Earldom).


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner SmithWeb Site
ref:950Geni Family History
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ref:1155The Annual biography and obituary Digital Book
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book

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