Sir John Cotton, 3rd Baronet, of Connington

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Sir John Cotton, 3rd Baronet (1621 – 12 September 1702) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1661 and 1687.[1]

Early Years[edit]

Cotton was the son of Sir Thomas Cotton, 2nd Baronet of Conington, Huntingdonshire, and his first wife Margaret Howard, daughter of Lord William Howard, of Naworth Castle, Cumberland. He became a gentleman of the Privy Chamber in 1661. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford[2], matriculating in 1637.


In 1661, Cotton was elected Member of Parliament for Huntingdon in the Cavalier Parliament. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father on 13 May 1662[3]. In 1685 he was elected MP for Huntingdonshire.[4]

Cotton died at the age 80 at Stratton, Bedfordshire, and was buried at Conington where he has a monument.[4]


Cotton married firstly on 8 June 1644[5] Dorothy Anderson, daughter of Edmund Anderson, of Stratton and Eyworth and his wife Alice Constable, daughter of Sir John Constable, who was later Cotton's stepmother. He married secondly on 20 October 1658, at Mark's Hall, Essex, Elizabeth Honywood, daughter of Sir Thomas Honywood, of Mark's Hall, and his wife Hester Lamotte, daughter of John Lamotte, of London.[4] Elizabeth's portrait was painted by Jacob Huysmans.

His eldest son John predeceased him, and the title passed to his grandson Sir John Cotton, 4th Baronet, of Connington. On the younger Sir John's death without issue the title passed to his uncle Robert, his grandfather's son by Elizabeth Honywood.


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  2. ^ Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954
  3. ^ Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed.; London, England: Oxford University Press; Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22; Volume: Vol 22; Page: 284
  4. ^ a b c George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage 1900
  5. ^ England, Marriages, 1538–1973. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Bernard
Nicholas Pedley
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
With: Lionel Walden (1620-1698)
Succeeded by
Hon. Sidney Wortley-Montagu
Sir Nicholas Pedley
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Proby, Bt
Silius Titus
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
With: Sir Lionel Walden
Succeeded by
Robert Montagu
Sir Robert Bernard, 3rd Baronet