Sir John Cotton, 4th Baronet, of Connington

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Sir John Cotton, 4th Baronet (c. 1680 – 5 February 1731)[1] was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons of England and the House of Commons of Great Britain at various times between 1705 and 1713.

He was the son of John Cotton and Frances Downing. His father was the eldest son of Sir John Cotton, 3rd Baronet, of Connington, and his first wife Dorothy Anderson. His mother was the daughter of the eminent statesman and financier Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet and his wife Frances Howard.

He married Elizabeth Herbert, daughter of the Hon. James Herbert, a younger son of Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, and Lady Catherine Osborne, daughter of Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds. They had no issue: on his death the title passed to his uncle Robert.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Huntingdon from 1705 to 1706, and for Huntingdonshire from 1710 to 1713.[1]


  • Handley, Stuart. "Cotton, Sir Robert Bruce". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6418. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • "COTTON, Sir John, 4th Bt. (c.1680-1731), of Conington Castle, Hunts. and Stratton Park, nr. Biggleswade, Beds". History of Parliament. Retrieved 18 May 2016.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's list of baronets – Baronetcies beginning with "C" (part 4)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
The Earl of Orrery
Anthony Hammond
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
With: Sir Edward Wortley Montagu
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Wortley Montagu
John Pedley
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Proby
John Pocklington
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
With: John Pocklington
Succeeded by
Sir Matthew Dudley, Bt
Robert Pigott
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Cotton
(of Connington)
Succeeded by
Robert Cotton