Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton
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Thomas Glaister

Mayor of Bolton: 1881-82 (Conservative)

Born: Mill Hill, Bolton 1828

Died: Ormskirk, Lancashire 7 January 1901

Bleacher - proprietor of Mill Hill bleachworks.

After leaving school he worked for a short time at the chemical works owned by the Blair family at Kearsley but entered the bleachworks of Blair & Sumner at Mill Hill in January 1843, becoming in turn clerk, cashier and eventually general manager of the business.

He bought the Mill Hill bleachworks of Blair & Sumner from the trustees of the estate of the late Stephen Blair in 1871.

Grandfather of Thomas Glaister, Mayor of Bolton 1949-48.

Represented East Ward 1871-74. Alderman for East Ward from November 1874.

Appointed Magistrate in April 1880.

His wife, Margaret, died on 5 January 1882, during his Mayoral term.

Prominent Freemason. Initiated in the Lodge of Antiquity no 146 in 1856 becoming Master of the Lodge in 1862. In 1874 he was appointed Senior Grand Warden, East Lancashire.

Anglican - he was Warden of St John's Church, Bolton.


Click for larger image Formal oil portrait of Thomas Glaister as Mayor of Bolton, by N S Kays.

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Thomas GlaisterGlaister Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Thomas Glaister's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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Or a chevron gules between in chief two towers and in base an elephant proper.

Crest - On a wreath or and sable a demi elephant issuant proper holding between the forepaws a tower or.

(Honour is from rectitude)

No sources found but the elephant and castles suggest a local allusion.


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