Norborne Berkeley Botetourt, baron, an English statesman, born about 1717, died at Williamsburg, Ya., Oct. 15, 1770. He was summoned to parliament as Baron Botetourt (the peerage having been in abeyance since 1406), April 13, 1764. He arrived in Virginia in November, 1768, succeeding Sir Jeffrey Amherst as governor-in-chief of the colony. His first purpose was to enforce submission, and in 1769 he dissolved the assembly, which, however, convened in a private house. On becoming better acquainted with the colonists, he forwarded to England their remonstrances, with a favorable opinion against parliamentary taxation. A promise of repeal was held out to him by Lord Hillsborough, but finding himself deceived he demanded his recall, and died soon afterward of bilious fever aggravated by chagrin. He presented at his own expense gold and silver medals as prizes to the students of William and Mary college; and his statue was erected at that institution by the assembly in 1774. His title expired with him.