Husband: William 'Sir' COTTON [I32055] 1
Wife: Alice ABBOT [I32056] 5
07 (M): John '5th son' COTTON [I32111] 23
Born: in England
Died: UNKNOWN in d.s.p.
08 (M): Robert COTTON [I32112] 24
Born: in England
William 'Sir' COTTON:
35. WILLIAM COTTON, b. 1410, killed 22 May 1455 in Battle of St. Albans, the beginning of the War of the Roses, his tomb and brass epitaph at Landwade, a London mercer, Vice Chamberlain to Henry VI; m. Alice Abbott, d. 21 Nov. 1473, dau. of John and Agnes Abbott. (TAG 56: 13-29, 57: 35-56)
TAG 57, page 41
William Cotton, born, about 1411, probably in London, married Alice Abbot, daughter and one of the heirs of John Abbot, Esq., a wealthy London mercer. William Cotton, the eldest son, inherited his father's estate of Landwade Manor where he lived while serving the crown in various capacities. He was keeper, Clerk, or Porter of the Great Wardrobe, Esquire to the King, Usher of the Chamber, Receiver General for the Duchy of Lancaster and Steward of the Franchises to the noble Abbey of St. Edmund's bury. His Staunch support of King Henry VI, however, apparently cost him his life, for, according to the Visitation report, he is said to have been killed at the Battle of St. Albans on 22 May 1455. This was the first of the hostilities between the parties of York and Lancaster in what came to be known as the Wars of the Roses.
The Visitation of Cambridge Made in Ao 1575: Continued and Sir Henry Saint George ?John William Clay 1897
TAG 57, p 55-56
Alice Cotton, his widow, lived on 18 years more and died 21 Nov. 1473 as indicated in the Inquisition -post mortem:
Inquisition at Henhowe, co. Suffolk, 24 Jan. 13 Edward IV [1473/41] before Roger Aylmere, escheator for the county, upon the oath of Roger Page...etc jurors, who say upon their oath that Alice named in the aforesd writ, did not hold any land or tenements in the sd county of Suffolk, of the king in chief or of anyone else; that she died 21 Nov. last past  and that Thomas Cotton is the son and next heir and is aged 30 years and more (P. P. M. 140:43)
Revised: January 25, 2022
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