Charles Powlett, 3rd Duke of Bolton

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The 3rd Duke of Bolton.

Lieutenant-General Charles Powlett (sometimes spelled Paulet), 3rd Duke of Bolton KG PC (3 September 1685 – 26 August 1754) was a British nobleman and politician.

Paulet was the eldest son of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton and Frances Ramsden, born in 1685 at Chawton. From 1685 until 1699 he was styled Earl of Wiltshire, and from 1699 until his accession, Marquess of Winchester.[1]

He was Whig MP for Lymington from 1705 to 1708, Hampshire from 1708 to 1710 and Carmarthenshire from 1715 to 1717. In 1739, he became a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital in London, an orphanage for abandoned children.

On 21 July 1713, he married Lady Anne Vaughan, a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Carbery. The marriage was not a happy one, and there were no children. In 1728, he began a long-standing affair with the English actress, Lavinia Fenton. Lady Anne died in 1751 and the Duke married Lavinia Fenton on 20 October 1751 at Aachen. She had already born him three illegitimate sons: Charles, Percy, and Horatio Armand Powlett.

The third Duke of Bolton died in 1754, aged 68, at Royal Tunbridge Wells and was buried at Basing.

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  1. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 45, p.155. Oxford University Press, 2004
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Dore
Paul Burrard
Member of Parliament for Lymington
1705 – 1707
With: Paul Burrard
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Lymington
17071708
With: Paul Burrard
Succeeded by
Paul Burrard
Richard Chaundler
Preceded by
Thomas Jervoise
Richard Chaundler
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
17081710
With: Viscount Woodstock 1708–1709
Thomas Jervoise 1709–1710
Succeeded by
George Pitt
Sir Simeon Stewart, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Powell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire
1715 – 1717
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Stepney, Bt
Military offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
Colonel of the Royal Horse Guards
1717–1733
Succeeded by
The Duke of Argyll
New regiment Colonel of The Duke of Bolton's Regiment of Foot
1745–1746
Regiment disbanded
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Carbery
Custos Rotulorum of Carmarthenshire
1714–1735
Succeeded by
Sir Nicholas Williams, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Mansel, Bt
Vice-Admiral of South Wales
1715–1754
Vacant
Preceded by
The Duke of Bolton
Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
1722–1733
Succeeded by
The Earl of Shaftesbury
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
1722–1733
Succeeded by
The Viscount Lymington
Preceded by
The Earl of Lincoln
Constable of the Tower of London
Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets

1725–1726
Succeeded by
The Viscount Lonsdale
Preceded by
The Earl Cadogan
Governor of the Isle of Wight
1726–1733
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montagu
Vacant
Title last held by
The Earl of Pembroke
Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan
1729–1754
Succeeded by
The Earl of Plymouth
Preceded by
The Earl of Pembroke
Custos Rotulorum of Glamorgan
1728–1754
Preceded by
The Duke of Montagu
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners
1740–1742
Succeeded by
The Lord Bathurst
Preceded by
George Trenchard
Vice-Admiral of Dorset
1742 – 1754
Vacant
Title next held by
The Duke of Bolton
Preceded by
The Viscount Lymington
Vice-Admiral and
Governor of the Isle of Wight

1742–1746
Succeeded by
The Earl of Portsmouth
Lord Lieutenant and
Vice-Admiral of Hampshire

1742–1754
Succeeded by
The Duke of Bolton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Paulet
Duke of Bolton
1722–1754
Succeeded by
Harry Powlett
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Pawlet de Basing
1717–1754
Extinct