Bute County was formed from Granville
County in 1764 and abolished in 1779 when it was divided
into Warren County and Franklin County. The courthouse of Bute
County was located at a place called "Buffalo Rice 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 some may be found in
John Stuart, 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.
Here to see the approximate boundaries of Bute County during
its brief existence.