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, the second son of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton and Frances Ramsden. He sat in the House of Commons from 1715 to 1754, when he took his seat in the House of Lords.

During the close of the War of the Spanish Succession, he served as an ADC to the Earl of Galway in Portugal, in 1710.

He married Catherine Parry (d. 25 April 1744), by whom he had four children:

He was elected at the 1715 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ives in Cornwall.[1] He held the seat until the 1722 general election,[2] when he was returned as MP for Hampshire.[3] He held that seat until he succeeded to the peerage in 1754,[4] 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against the Hampshire result, and he sat for Yarmouth until 1737 when the petition against the Hampshire result was withdrawn, then chose to represent Hampshire rather than Yarmouth for the remainder of the Parliament.[5]

From 1733 until 1742, he was a Lord of the Admiralty. He was sworn a Privy Counsellor in 1755.


  1. Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 47. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I"
  3. Stooks Smith, page 121–122
  4. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  5. Stooks Smith, page 520


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)
1734 – 1737
With: Paul Burrard
Thomas Gibson
Succeeded by
Anthony Chute
Thomas Gibson
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
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