Henry Cotton (bishop)

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Henry Cotton (c.1545–1615) was an English bishop.


He was the son of Sir Richard Cotton of Warblington, Hampshire, and his wife Jane Onley

He was a godson to Elizabeth I of England, and one of her chaplains.[1] He was rector of Havant in 1567.[2][3]

He became Bishop of Salisbury in 1598.[4] In his time as bishop, a long-running struggle by the city of Salisbury for its charter was resolved, in 1612.[5]


  1. ^ Gleeson White, The cathedral church of Salisbury; a description of its fabric and a brief history of the see of Sarum (1901), p. 110.
  2. ^ Rectors of St. Faith's Church in Havant, Hampshire
  3. ^ The Church of St Faith Havant Archived 2008-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Bishops | Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: volume 6 (pp. 1-5)
  5. ^ Salisbury - Relations with the bishops, to 1612 | A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 6 (pp. 101-103)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Coldwell
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Robert Abbot

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