Captain Clifford Charles Alan Lawrence Erskine-Bolst (1878 – 11 January 1946) was a British Conservative Party politician.

During the First World War, he served as a lieutenant in the 1st Black Watch Regiment, and as a captain in the 3rd Royal Highlanders.[1]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney South at a by-election in August 1922 following the expulsion of the independent MP Horatio Bottomley, who had been convicted of fraud. He held the seat at the November 1922 general election, but lost it the following year at the 1923 general election.

Erskine-Bolt returned to the House of Commons at the November 1931 general election, when he was elected in the Blackpool constituency, defeating the writer Edgar Wallace, who ran as an independent Liberal. He served only one term, stepping down at the 1935 general election.

He was married to California socialite Blanche Ryer from the early 1920s until their divorce in 1933.[2] As a result of this marriage he became the stepfather of Doris Ryer Nixon.

His name appears in the San Francisco Social Register for 1927,[3] and again in 1932[4] (where he and his wife are listed as residents of Èze, France).


  1. ^ 'Deaths', The Times, 15 January 1946; Medal card of Bolst, Clifford Charles Erskine, National Archives, War Office Papers: WO 372/2.
  2. ^ "DIVORCES ERSKINE-BOLST; American Wife of British Parliamentarian Wins French Decree," The New York Times, 1933-03-31.
  3. ^ "1927 Social Register". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  4. ^ 1932 Social Register.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Horatio Bottomley
Member of Parliament for Hackney South
Succeeded by
Herbert Morrison
Preceded by
Sir Walter de Frece
Member of Parliament for Blackpool
Succeeded by
Roland Robinson