Edward Cotton-Jodrell

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Cotton-Jodrell in 1895.

Sir Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell K.C.B. (29 June 1847 – 13 October 1917),[1] known until 1890 as Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton, was a British army officer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1900.

Cotton-Jodrell was the son of Rt. Rev. George Edward Lynch Cotton and his wife Sophia Ann Tomkinson and baptised with the name of Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton. His father was a master at Rugby School and later Bishop of Calcutta. Cotton was educated at Rugby, Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He joined the Royal Artillery and became captain.[2] Then with the Cheshire Royal Engineers (Railway Battalion) he attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Cotton was elected at the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wirral at the 1885 general election and held the seat until he stood down at the 1900 general election.[3] On 10 July 1890 his name was legally changed to Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell by Royal Licence.[4]

Cotton-Jodrell was J.P. for Cheshire, and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 1901.[5] He was on the Headquarters Staff of the War Office from 1906 to 1912 and became Colonel in the Territorial Forces. He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.).[6] in the 1911 Coronation Honours.

Cotton-Jodrell had residences at Yeardsley and Reaseheath, Nantwich, Cheshire, and at Shallcross, Cheshire.[7] He died at the age of 70.

Cotton-Jodrell married Mary Rennell Coleridge, daughter of William Rennell Coleridge and Katherine Frances Barton, on 24 April 1878 and had two surviving daughters.[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
  2. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 237. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  4. ^ "No. 26077". The London Gazette. 8 August 1890. p. 4327.
  5. ^ "No. 27290". The London Gazette. 1 March 1901. p. 1500.
  6. ^ a b the Peerage.com
  7. ^ Reaseheath Hall

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Member of Parliament for Wirral
Succeeded by
Joseph Hoult