Henry Egerton Cotton

Henry Egerton Cotton
Henry Egerton Cotton Statue.jpg
1st Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
In office
Succeeded byJohn Moores, Jr
Vice-ChancellorPeter Toyne
Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside
In office
5 June 1989 – 1993
Preceded bySir Kenneth Stoddart
Succeeded bySir Alan William Waterworth
Personal details
Born(1929-07-21)21 July 1929
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Margaret Susan Peard
(m. 18 June 1955)
RelationsColonel Vere Egerton Cotton (father)
Elfreda Helen Moore
Children1 daughter, 1 son
Alma materMagdalene College,
University of Cambridge

Henry Egerton Cotton JP DL (21 July 1929 – 1993), (also known as Henry E. Cotton) served as Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside 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 his wife Elfreda (née Moore). On 18 June 1955, he married Elizabeth Peard, daughter of Clifford James Peard, DSO, JP. They had one daughter, Catherine and one son, Timothy. Catherine (Kate) Cotton had one daughter, Natalie Psillou.


He was educated at Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire, and later graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1952 with a B.A. degree. 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 it gained university status from being a polytechnic. The institution however goes as far back as 1823 to its foundation as the Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, entitling it to make a 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 after whom the university is named.

A statue of Henry Cotton inscribed "Henry Egerton Cotton Esq, (1929-1993) LL.D, JP, First Chancellor of the University, 1992-1993" has been erected outside the Henry Cotton Building named in his honour, on the university's City Campus in Liverpool.

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