Picture displayed in the chapel of unknown dedication - the chapel was restored in 1857 in memory of John Cotton a former vicar.
"John Cotton (4 December 1585 – 23 December 1652) was a clergyman in England and the American colonies and was considered the preeminent minister and theologian of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
He studied for five years at Trinity College, Cambridge, and another nine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
He had already built a reputation as a scholar and outstanding preacher when he accepted the position of minister in 1612 at St. Botolph's Church, Boston in Lincolnshire.
As a Puritan, he wanted to do away with the ceremony and vestments associated with the established Church of England and to preach in a simpler manner.
He felt that the English church needed significant reforms, but he was adamant about not separating from it; his preference was to change it from within.
Many ministers were removed from their pulpits in England for their Puritan practices, but Cotton thrived at St. Botolph's for nearly 20 years because of supportive aldermen and lenient bishops, as well as his conciliatory and gentle demeanor.
By 1632, however, the church authorities had greatly increased pressure on non-conforming clergy, and Cotton was forced into hiding.
The following year, he and his wife boarded a ship for New England"
DB 17 August 2019
Boston, St Botolph, Church, John Cotton, Vicar, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Puritan