Samuel Bolton


BOLTON, SAMUEL, D.D. (1606-1654), divine and scholar, who has been wrongly identified both with a son and a brother of Robert Bolton, B.D. [see BOLTON, ROBERT, I 1572-1631], was born in London in 1606, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge (LE NEVE, Fasti, ed. Hardy, iii. 690, 607). In 1643 he was chosen one of the Westmin- ! ster assembly of divines. It is stated that he i was successively minister of St. Martin's, ' Ludgate Street, of St. Saviour's, Southwark, i and of St. Andrew's, Holborn. He was i appointed, on the death of Dr. Bainbrigge in 1645, master of Christ's College, Cambridge, and served as vice-chancellor of the | university in 1651. Although with ' no ministerial charge ' he 'preached gratuitously every Lord's day for many years.' It is believed that it was this Samuel Bolton who, in 1648, attended the Earl of Holland upon the scaffold ( WHITELOCKE, Mem. p. 387). He died, after a long illness, 15 Oct. 1654. In his will he gave orders that he was to be ‘interred as a private Christian, and not with the outward pomp of a doctor because he hoped to rise in the day of judgment and appear before God, not as a doctor, but as a humble Christian.' Dr. Calamy preached his funeral sermon. [Brook's Puritans, iii. 223-4 ; Clark's Lives, pt. i. 43-7; Calamy' s Funeral Sermon, 1654; Bolton's Genealogical and Biographical Account ; | Abram's Blackburn, p. 264.] A. B. (>.
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Christ's College
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  • Curate Harrow, Middlesex (1634)
  • Minister, St Martins, Ludgate, London (1638)
  • Minister, St. Saviour's, Southwark, London (1641)
  • Master, Christs College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (1645)
  • Vice-chancellor, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (1650)
  • Lecturer, St. Annes and St. Aldersgate, Aldersgate, London
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