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Rev. John Bullen

John Bullen was a subscriber to Kirby’s Historical Account.

The Rev. Mr. John Bullen (c. 1712—1774) was ordained Deacon in 1736 and Priest in 1738. His first appointment was as Rector of Newbourne in Suffolk, a post that had been earlier held by Robert Hingestone. The patron was Thomas Western, Esq, himself also a subscriber.

Newbourne St. Mary’s

Rev. Bullen retained his position at Newbourne until his death in 1774, adding to it the livings of Rector of Kennet, just over the border into Cambridgeshire, and Vicar of Rushmere, taking over from Rev. Richard Canning, both in 1756.

While John Bullen lived the quiet life of a country vicar in Kennet, his (second) son Joseph went to sea and had a vigorous and illustrious career in the Navy. He fought in the Caribbean during the American War of Independence, served with Nelson on the Agamemnon (as did William Bolton – I’ll leave it to the naval historians to determine if they were on the ship at the same time), he was 69 times under fire, retired to land, and lived to the ripe old age of 96 as Admiral Bullen.

Rev. Thomas Bolton (1697—1772)

The Rev. Thomas Bolton was a member of the Bolton family of Woodbridge, one of the children of Samuel Bolton, a surgeon. He grew up in Woodbridge and in the usual way of things, went on to Cambridge and was ordained deacon in 1720 and priest in 1721. He was for a time Rector of Barham, resigning to take up the position of Rector at Hollesley, a position he held from 1739 until his death.

Hollesley Church

Hollesley is only half a dozen miles from Woodbridge, with Ipswich another 6 or 7 miles onwards. From 1739 to 1743, Rev. Bolton was also Headmaster at Ipswich School, being succeeded by Robert Hingestone. Thomas Bolton married Mary Bird and they had four children, Samuel, Thomas, Martha, and Mary. His grandson Thomas married Susannah Nelson, eldest sister of Horatio, Lord Nelson; and a great-grandson, Sir William Bolton, married his cousin Catherine, a daughter of Thomas and Susannah, and served with Nelson for many years. William Bolton was unable to be at the Battle of Trafalgar, being on other service, a circumstance which apparently caused Nelson to exclaim, “Billy, Billy, out of luck!” Another great-grandson of Thomas Bolton was killed at Waterloo.

Along with Kirby’s Historical Account, Bolton also (not surprisingly) subscribed to Rev. Richard Canning‘s Account of the Gifts and Legacies…In Ipswich.