Henry Cotton (judge)
He was born in Leytonstone. His father William Cotton later became Governor of the Bank of England. His brother William Charles Cotton was a clergyman and beekeeper. His sister Sarah married Sir Henry Acland, who founded Acland Hospital in her memory. 
He entered Lincoln's Inn in 1843 and was called to the bar in 1846. He quickly acquired a large practice in the equity courts, and through the influence of his father was appointed standing counsel to the Bank of England. In 1866, he took silk and attached himself to the court of Vice-chancellor (Sir) Richard Malins, where he shared the leadership with Mr. W. B. Glasse. Among the important cases in which he was engaged were the liquidation of Overend, Gurney, & Co.; the King of Hanover v. the Bank of England; Rubery v. Grant; Dr.Hayman v. the Governors of Rugby School; and the Republic of Costa Rica v. Erlanger. In 1872 he was appointed standing counsel to the university of Oxford, and shortly afterwards only went into court on a special retainer.
He was an avid sportsman, having been an oarsman at Eton, and in later life a skater.
On 16 August 1853 he married Clemence Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Streatfeild.
His youngest son Hugh Benjamin Cotton (1871–1895) was featured in a Vanity Fair caricature on 15 March 1894 as president of the Oxford University Boat Club, but died of lung illness the following year in Davos-Platz, Switzerland.
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cotton, James Sutherland (1901). "Cotton, Henry (1821-1892)". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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