James Bolton was the son of William Bolton and the younger brother of Thomas Bolton.
He went on to become a mycologist, naturalist and botanical artist, and he produced several volumes of water-colours of plants and fungi from the Halifax district – including
An history of the British proper ferns. With plain and accurate descriptions, and new figures of all species and varieties taken from an immediate and careful inspection of the plants in their natural state, and engraved on 31 copper-plates; with the particular places noted where each species was lately gathered, and are at this time growing in the north of England, or on the mountains of Wales
An essay towards a natural history of British song birds
He collected his specimens from the woods and fields of Lee Bridge, Birks Hall, and Cross Fields.
He was a member of the Natural History Society at Edinburgh.
He was one of the most influential figures in 18th-century botany and mycology.
In 1768, he married Sarah Blackburn [1749-1???].
He lived at Causey Head.
He is mentioned in Graptolite's historical notes on the Church at Illingworth
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