Henry Egerton Cotton

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Henry Egerton Cotton
Henry Egerton Cotton Statue.jpg
1st Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
In office
Succeeded by John Moores, Jr
Vice-Chancellor Peter Toyne
Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside
In office
5 June 1989 – 1993
Preceded by Sir Kenneth Stoddart
Succeeded by Sir Alan William Waterworth
Personal details
Born (1929-07-21)21 July 1929
Died 1993
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Margaret Susan Peard
(m. 18 June 1955)

Colonel Vere Egerton Cotton (father)

Elfreda Helen Moore
Children 1 daughter, 1 son
Alma mater Magdalene College,
University of Cambridge

Henry Egerton Cotton JP DL (21 July 1929 – 1993),[1] (also known as Henry E. Cotton) served as the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside[2] from 1989 to 1993. He was also the First Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University serving in office from 1992 until his death in 1993.

Personal life

Henry Cotton was the son of Colonel Vere Egerton Cotton and Elfreda Moore. On 18 June 1955, he married Elizabeth Peard, daughter of Clifford James Peard, DSO, JP.[3] They had one daughter, Catherine Cotton and one son, Timothy Cotton. Catherine (Kate) Cotton had one daughter, Natalie Psillou.


He was educated at Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire, and later graduated from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts. Henry Cotton was also in the Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) where he gained the rank of Lieutenant.

University Chancellery

In 1992, Henry Cotton was appointed the First Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University after gaining university status from being a polytechnic, however the institution goes as far back to its foundation as Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts in 1823, making its claim in the third-oldest university in England debate. He served in office until his death in 1993. He was succeeded by John Moores, Jr, CBE who was the son of Sir John Moores whom the university is named after.

A statue of Henry Cotton enscribed "Henry Egerton Cotton Esq, (1929-1993) LL.D, JP, First Chancellor of the University, 1992-1993" has been established outside the honourarily named Henry Cotton Building, on the universities City Campus in Liverpool.[4]

External links

  • Chancellor Portrait


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl (November 9, 2007). "Henry Egerton Cotton". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "History - The Merseyside Lieutenancy". Merseysidelieutenancy.weebly.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Person Page 24702". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Hilary Ellis (July 30, 2011). "Henry Cotton Building". Liverpool John Moores University. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Stoddart
Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Waterworth
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
Succeeded by
John Moores, Jr.
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