- Cotton, Charles
- Known name forms: Cotton, Charles
- Born: 1630, died: 1687
Charles Cotton was born near the Peak District and spent a great part of his life there, especially after the English Civil War. He is known as a burlesque for his witty and satirical poems, including a Virgil Travestie (1664–1670), has contributed at least one chapter to Izaak Waltons The Compleat Angler, a treatise about fishing, and translated Michel the Montaignes works from French into English. A treatise on games, The Compleat Gamester (1674), is also ascribed to him. Cotton translated Thomas Hobbes’ De cive (1642), imitated his De mirabilibus Pecci carmen in a poem of his own on the Peak District, The Wonders of the Peake (1681), and he may have been the anonymous translator of The mirabilibus Pecci.