It appears not. The Wellington Boot refers more to a style than
to a material. The first Wellington boot was a modified version
of the Hessian boot - standard issue boot for the military - but
was still made from leather. The Wellington Boot was popularised
and named after the first Duke of Wellington - Arthur Wellesley
- who led the British army to victory against the French at the
Battle of Vitoria in the early nineteenth century.
Only later was the Wellington boot made from rubber, and then from
PVC. The advantage of these materials being their waterproof attribute,
in comparison to leather - a porous material. The decade when Wellington
boots began to be made from rubber was in the 1850's, when Charles
Goodyear - an American inventor - developed a vulcanization process
to make rubber more stable. Present day the Wellington boot is worn
across the globe - usually for outdoor manual work - and is often
referred to as a "welly".