Thomas Orde-Powlett 1740 - 1807
Born Thomas Orde, son of John Orde of Morpeth, Northumberland 30 August 1740. He was educated at Eton and at King's College, Cambridge, graduating MA.
He entered politics as Tory Member of Parliament for Aylesbury (1780–1784) and later for Harwich (1784–1796). He served as Secretary to the Treasury (1782–1783).
On 7 April 1778 he married Jean Mary Browne-Powlett, the natural daughter of Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton, who had entailed the greater part of his extensive estates to her in default of male issue of his younger brother Harry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton. The sixth Duke died without male heirs in 1794 when the Dukedom became extinct and the Bolton estates passed to Thomas Orde in right of his wife. Around 1782, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland, and in 1785, to HM Privy Council.
On 7 January 1795 by Royal Licence, he assumed the additional surname of Powlett, and on 20 October 1797 he was created Baron Bolton He was Governor and Vice-Admiral of the Isle of Wight (1791–1807) and Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire (1800–1807).
During his time on the Island he built the beautiful mansion at Fernhill, and repaired the Governor's residence at Carisbrooke. In 1804, Lord Bolton sold Fernhill to Samuel Shute, Esquire and died at Hackwood Park, Nr. Basingstoke on 30 July 1807 at age 67.
Fernhill A short History by D.G.Wilson