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COTTON, Robert Bruce [1571-1631] -- English antiquarian, Bart.

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Bart. (1611)
MP (1604-1629)
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Cottonian Library founder

His interest in collecting and preserving the books, manuscripts and ancient records scattered after the dissolution of the monasteries resulted in the establishment of the Cottonian Library, arguable the most important collection of antiquities made by any private individual in Britain.

The collection was greatly increased by his son, Sir Thomas Cotton (1594-1662), and donated to the British Museum by his great-grandson, Sir John Cotton (1679-1731), in 1753.  -30-
 

Chronology

1600ca
Established the Cottonian Library, "the most important collection of manuscripts ever assembled in Britain by a private individual."
1604
MP for Huntingdon
1604-1629
MP
1611
Bart.
1611
Baronet
1611
Assisted John Speed in the compilation of his History of England
1614
Papers left him by Arthur Agarde
1615
He is implicated in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury and imprisoned for 8 months without formal trial; pardoned on payment of 500.
1623
Camden's manuscripts came to him
1624
MP for Old Sarum
1625
Supplies Eliot with full notes defending the action of the opposition in Parliament
1625
MP for Thetford
1626
He gives advice before the council against debasing the standard of the coinage
1628
MP for Castle Rising, NFK
1628
Party leaders meet in his house to decide policy
1628/10
He is arrested for having circulated a tract critical of the goevernment of Charles I; imprisoned for one month
1629
His library is sealed up by the king

Selected Works

  • The Danger in which the Kingdom now standeth and the Remedy (1628)
  • Memorial on Abuses in the Navy (1608)
  • The Reign of Henry VIII (1627)
  • Bookmarks (off-site links)

    Bookmarks:2003-09-16 11:27:42

    Associated

    • GGson: COTTON, John (Sir) [~1675-1731] English baronet, 4 Baronet
    • Son: COTTON, Thomas [1594-1662] English antiquary, 2 Baronet

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