Richard Lynch Cotton
Cotton was born in Whitchurch, Oxfordshire, the son of Henry Calveley Cotton and Matilda Lockwood, one of 11 children (eight sons and three daughters). He was educated at Charterhouse School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he attained a BA degree in 1815. He was a Fellow of the College from 1816 to 1838 and Provost from 1839 to 1880. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity in 1839. While Provost at Worcester, Cotton also became Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in 1852.
Cotton was Vicar of Denchworth, north of Wantage in Berkshire, from 1823 to 1838. He published his lectures and sermons. On 25 June 1839, he married Charlotte Bouverie Pusey, daughter of Hon. Philip Pusey and Lady Lucy Sherard. She lived at 38 St Giles' in Oxford, now part of St Benet's Hall, after Cotton's death during 1881–82.
- Sir Sydney John Cotton (1792–1874), elder brother
- Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803–1899), younger brother
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|Provost of Worcester College, Oxford
Frederick Charles Plumptre
|Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University