Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton
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William Henry Brown

Mayor of Bolton: 1908-09 (Conservative)

Born: Kirkham, Lancashire September 1850

Died: Hearn Bay, Kent 19 July 1931

Educated: Kirkham Grammar School; Studied textiles at Bolton Technical School

Master cotton Spinner.

Came to Bolton with his family in 1862 and immediately started work at Wainwright & Hardcastle's Mill in Brook Street. At 15 he became an overlooker and at 17 he became a manager at the company's Daubhill Mill. He later became Manager at Holdsworth's Marsh Fold Mill. Next he went on the clerical staff of Grecian Mill, then Secretary for Crosses & Winkworth's for several years. He finally became Manager of Thomas Taylor & Sons Grecian Mills before buying Rumworth Cotton Works, which he sold in 1919.

He founded Pioneer Life Insurance in 1891.

Magistrate from 1899.

Represented Rumworth Ward 1896-1904. Alderman from 1904.

He was Chairman of the Licensing Committee 1903-5, the Finance Committee 1905-15 and the Watch Committee 1915-28.

Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

Member of Lancashire Asylum Board, representative for West Lancashire Territorial Association.

Chairman of W H & J Wood Ltd, Tobacco Manufacturers of Glasgow & Preston.

Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Anglican - he was a teacher at St Paul's Church Sunday School and attended Christ Church, Heaton in his later years.

His wife, Elizabeth, was Mayoress.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of William Henry Brown as Mayor of Bolton.

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William Henry BrownBrown Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

William Henry Brown's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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Or on a mascle between three martlets gules four lions passant of the first.

Crest = On a wreath azure and argent a lion's head erased gules.

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