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The Martiniere, Lucknow

December 31, 1856
Mirza Firuz Shah
Scenery and Places
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

The Martiniere, Lucknow



The first academic session of the school began in 1845, 45 years after the death of Major General Claude Martin, a native of France serving in the English East India Company. Martin in his will had stated that upon his death an educational institution for boys should be established at his place of residence in Lucknow called Constantia. After years of legal disputes, the first day of classes was held on October 1, 1845, a day which is now celebrated every year as Constantia Day.

Another important milestone in the school’s history came during the Revolt of 1857 in Lucknow. Residency, a British stronghold was under siege by the revolting populace. A group of boys from La Martiniere along with their Principal George Schilling were tasked with helping the British forces defend the stronghold. The school was granted Military Honours by the British Empire for defending the Residency and till date remains the only educational institute in India to be given this honour.

Initially, only the sons of British Officers were allowed to study at La Martiniere but as time progressed Indians were also granted the right to study at the prestigious institute. Now, more than 5000 boys are studying at La Martinere College, Lucknow. The students are divided among Day-Scholars and Resident Scholars.


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Very good information.


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