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Harold Edwin Boulton

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Sir Harold Edwin Boulton, bart., songwriter and philanthropist.

1859 Born in Lewisham[1], son of Samuel Bagster Boulton and his wife Sophia.

1881 Undergraduate in Oxford[2]

1884 His most famous song was the Skye Boat Song.

Participated in establishing early working mens clubs in the east end of London

1886 Partner in Burt, Boulton and Haywood

1889 Married Adelaide Davidson

1901 Timber merchant, employer, living in London with Ida Boulton 37, Kyttie Boulton 10, Denis Boulton 8, Christian Boulton 4[3]

1903 He and his father started the Dominion Tar and Chemical Co in Nova Scotia, setting up tar-distillery companies and creosoting plants.

President of Associated Tar Distillers

1916 A member of the Association of British Chemical Manufacturers from its foundation in 1916.

1918 Appointed CBE

1923 Visited Canada on business on behalf of Dominion Tar and Chemical Co[4] on this and other occasions.

1925 Director of Dominion Tar and Chemical Co, 66, visited Canada with Oscar E. Boulton, 63, chairman of the company[5]

1930 First president of the British Association of Wood Preservers

1930 He published "A Century of Wood Preserving".

1935 Died in London[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. Canada arrivals
  5. Canadian Passenger Lists
  6. National Probate calendar
  • Biography of Sir Harold Edwin Boulton, ODNB