Below is a timeline containing events in the life of Sir Roger Cotton. I am working on a theory that he was the father of another Roger Cotton, born between 1475 and 1505 and associated with "Wardville", most likely a mistake or a mistranscription of Woodville or Warfield. This younger Roger is mentioned in pedigrees as the father of the Margaret Cotton who married Robert Montague. They were ancestors of the Peter Montague who emigrated to Virginia and the Richard Montague who emigrated to New England, both in the 17th century. Does anyone have any information about Sir Roger Cotton? Parents, siblings, geographic connections, spouse, children, etc.? If so, please share by posting a message here, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline for Sir Roger Cotton, knight
1442-1460Roger born in England to parents unknown
1482, July 24Roger was knighted by Richard of York, Duke of Gloucester (future King R. III)
14851 Hen. VII. Grant, for life, to Roger Coton, knt., of the offices of constable and steward of the lordship, castle, or honor of Clare [This huge feudal barony [around the village of Clare, Suffolk) became known as the Honour of Clare], and the custody of the park there, whenever the same shall come to the Crown by the surrender or death of Cecilia, duchess of York [Cecily Neville, widow of Richard of York and mother of late Kings Edward IV and Richard III, d. 1495] . The preamble states that the said duchess has granted the same, during her life, to a servant of hers, and that at her death the reversion thereof belongs to the Crown. S.B. No. 235.
1485, 22 Sept. Grant, for life, to Roger Cotton, knight, of the offices of sheriff of the counties of Glamorgan and Morgannock, and steward of all the castles, lordships, manors, vills, lands, and tenements there, chancellor of the said counties, constable of Cardiff Castle, master forester of the forests, chaces, parks, warrens, and woods within the said counties, and approver of the said castles, manors, &c., with such fees, &c. as James Tyrell, knt., had when sheriff there; also grant, for life, of the office of one of the parkers of the parks of Gryngley Parks and Wheteley Hawe, co. Notts. P.S. 21 Sept. No. 98. Pat. P. 1. M. 15 (21).
1486-1487“To Roger Cotton, knight, master of the queen’s horse, for ... To Roger Cotton, for divers necessaries furnished by him towards the coronation of the lady.” [Coronation of Elizabeth of York was 25 Nov 1487.]
1488On the eve of the Great Feast for the Order of the Garter, at Windsor Castle (Berkshire), Sir Roger Cotton, Master of the Queen's Horse, led her Horse of State, whereon was a Saddle of Cloth of Gold, and three Crowns of Silver gilt [this was Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry (Tudor) VII]
1491-92“Parties to Indenture: Indentures retaining the following to serve in the king's invasion of France. Roger Cotton, kt.”
1493Mission to Ireland of Sir Roger Cotton with 188 archers (Mar).
1495the fleet of 1500 men destined for Ireland, under Sir Roger Cotton, who was appointed its admiral on July 26, 1495
1496Sir Roger Cotton, knight, was protected in the enjoyment of the grant of the lands of William Barley, Esq., by statute 11 Hen.VII. [ca. 1496]– Rot. Parl. vi. 507.
Bef. 1502Roger married Margaret MNU
1502“Itm the first day of Decembre to Richard Smyth, Yeoman of the Quene’s Robys, for cv. yerdes di of cloth at iiijs. Iiij. the yerde which was geven to divers personnes by the Quenes commaundement in the yere last passed. Itm to the same Richard Smyth for cxj (121) yerdes of cloth for xxxvii. poure women for the Quenes Maundye, every woman iii. yerdes at 2s. 7d. the yerd. And for 3 yerdes di of cloth delivered by the commandement of the Quene to a woman that was norice [nurse?] to the Prince, brother to the Quenes grace, and 3 yerdes to the sister of Sir Roger Cotton.” Dame Margaret Cotton had the charge of the three children of Catherine of York, the Queen’s sister, who married Lord William Courtenay.
Bef. 1505(THEORY) Roger and Margaret had a son named Roger (who became father of Margaret, who married Robert Montague before 1540)
There is also a land record which MIGHT refer to this Roger, or the younger Roger, or perhaps to a Robert Cotton. The transcription is unclear.
Quitclaim, 1512, September 8.
the manors of Wevenho, Battellyswyk, Cokeyns Moose, and Little Oakley all in the county of Essex,
There were Cotton families centered in Cheshire-Staffordshire-Derbyshire, in Shropshire and Cambridgeshire, and undoubtedly Cottons living elsewhere in England, but the only connection to Berkshire (and neighboring Buckinghamshire, where the Montagues lived) seems to be Windsor Castle, where Sir Roger would have resided from time to time while executing his duties as Master of the Queen's Horse.