Bishop Cotton Boys' School

Bishop Cotton Boys' School

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Bishop Cotton Boys' School, also referred to as the Eton of the East is an all-boys school for boarders and day scholars in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

The school is named after Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton the son of an Army Captain, who died a tragic death in 1866. He was a scholar of Westminster School, and a graduate of Cambridge. In 1836 he was appointed Assistant Master at Rugby by Doctor Thomas Arnold, one of the founders of the British Public School System. It was the young Mr. Cotton who is spoken of as 'the model young master' in Thomas Hughes' famous book 'Tom Brown's School Days'.

The school is bordered by Residency Road, St.Mark's Road, Lavelle Road and Vittal Mallya Road, and is spread over of land in the heart of Bangalore.

School heads in the early days included Rev. George Uglow Pope, Bishop Herbert Pakenham-Walsh, Rev. Pettigrew, Canon Elphick, Rev. Lowerth Thomas & Mr. A. T. Balraj. Notable alumni (Old Cottonians) include William Leefe Robinson, Colin Cowdrey, General K.S. Thimayya, Dr. Raja Ramanna, Brijesh Patel, Philip Wollen, Nandan Nilekani, Gopal Krishna Pillai, Union Home Secretary, Government of India.

The sister school Bishop Cotton Girls High School is located across the street on St. Mark's Road.


The School's past extends back to the British Raj and the Victorian era. The School had its beginnings in a house on High Grounds. It was started in the year 1865 by Rev. S. T. Pettigrew, the then Chaplain of St. Mark's Church who had...
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