Robert Bolton was born in London in April 1697 and died there on 26 November 1763. He attended school in Kensington and later went to Oxford, where he was first a commoner, then a Scholar and finally a Fellow (1718–19) at Wadham College (BA, 1715; MA, 1718). He entered the Church in 1722. His first post was that of Fellow and preacher at Dulwich College (1724–5), and then he succeeded Joseph Butler as preacher at the Rolls Chapel, London (1729–36). He enjoyed the patronage of the Bishop of London, John Robinson; having an independent income, he was able to live quietly and comfortably for many years in Kensington. In 1735 he was awarded an LL.D. (Lambeth). He was made Dean of Carlisle in February of that year, and in 1738 was made vicar of St Mary's, Reading, holding the two posts conjointly. He spent most of the rest of his life in Reading and died in London on a visit.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.