Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Thomas Glaister

Mayor of Bolton: 1949-50 (Conservative)

Born: Quarlton Fold Farm, Turton 1 September 1886

Died: Bolton August 1974

Educated: Bolton Church Institute; private boarding school, Folkestone; Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Son of Alfred Glaister of Little Bolton Hall.

Grandson of Thomas Glaister. Mayor of Bolton 1881-82.

Uncle of Michael Constantine Cort, Chairman of Turton UDC 1963-64.

Brother-in-law of William Wharton Tong, Mayor of Bolton 1940-41.

Bleacher - Director of his family firm, Blair and Sumner Ltd, Mill Hill Bleach Works.

Chairman and Managing Director of D Constantine & Sons Ltd, Breightmet Bleach Works and of the Red Bridge Book Cloth Co Ltd.

Chairman of Bolton Theatre and Entertainments Co Ltd.

Represented Darcy Lever-cum-Breightmet Ward 1920-1932. Alderman 1932-65. Magistrate.

Awarded CBE 1 January 1959.

Made Honorary Alderman in 1965.

President of Bolton Chrysanthemum Society.

President and founder member of Breightmet Golf Club.

Freemason - Master of Anchor and Hope Lodge No.37.

Anglican - he worshipped at St James's Church, Breightmet, Bolton and was also associated with St John's Church, Folds Road, Bolton.

His wife, Mary, was Mayoress.

Two of his younger brothers were killed in the First World War:

Stephen Glaister was killed in action in France on 9 April 1917 while serving as a Private in the 8th Bn, Royal Fusiliers. He was 20.

George Glaister was killed in action in Belgium on 31 July 1917 while serving as a Lieutenant with 1st/5th Bn, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 26.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of Thomas Glaister as Mayor of Bolton.

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Thomas GlaisterGlaister Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

The names of the Mayors of Bolton from 1941 to 1974 are recorded on the reverse of the County Borough badge

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