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George Edward Lynch Cotton
Bishop Cotton.jpg
Picture from his memoir.[1]
Birth October 29, 1813
Death October 6, 1866
In Memory Cotton Hall

George Edward Lynch Cotton (October 29, 1813 – October 6, 1866), Lord Bishop of Calcutta 1858 - 1866[2], was an English educator and clergyman, known for his connections with British India and the public school system. He received his education at Westminster School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1836. Taking up the assignment of an Assistant Master at Rugby School , he went on to become Headmaster at Marlborough College in 1852.

In 1858 Cotton was offered the office of the Bishop of Calcutta, which, after much hesitation, he accepted. The government of India had, then, just been transferred from the British East India Company to the crown after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

Cotton established many schools for British and Eurasian children. The Bishop Cotton Schools in Bangalore and Shimla bear his name; he founded many other schools in India, including St. James' School in Calcutta and Cathedral and John Connon in Mumbai.

On October 6, 1866, he had consecrated a cemetery at Kushtea in Bengal, on the Ganges. Whilst crossing a plank, leading from the bank to the steamer, he slipped and fell into the river. He was carried away by the current and never seen again


  1. Memoir of George Edward Lynch Cotton
  2. Page on Wikipedia