Bute County, North Carolina


Year Established

County Seat

Population (2000)


Buffalo Race Path

N/A - Abolished in 1779

First Settled

First Settled By

Significance of County Name


Virginians/Settlers from Edgecombe County

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

A History of Bute County

Bute County was formed from Granville County in 1764 and abolished in 1779 when it was divided into Warren County and Franklin County. The court house of Bute County was located at a place called "Buffalo Race Path" on land owned by Jethro Sumner about six miles southeast of present Warrenton, North Carolina. Most of the records of Bute County are still located in Warren County, though a few may be found in Franklin County.

Click Here to view the Legislative Act creating Bute County in 1764.

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute was Prime Minister of England from 1762-1763. He was the first Scottish-born Prime Minister as well as the first Tory to hold the office.

Click Here to learn about all of the known officers and men who served in the Bute County Regiment of Militia during the American Revolution. All names in "blue/underscore" can be clicked on for additional information.
Click Here to see the approximate boundaries of Bute County during its brief existence.

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