Cotton, Henry an English prelate of the first part of the 17th century, was born at Warblington, Hampshire, being a son of sir Richard Cotton, privy councillor to Edward VI. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was preferred by Queen Elizabeth (his godmother) bishop of Salisbury, November 12, 1598, at the same time that William Cotton, of another family, was made bishop of Exeter, the queen merrily saying that "she hoped that now she had well cottoned the west." He died May 7, 1615. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 2:11.