Claude Martin, a self-made man, (January,1735 to September,1800) was born in Lyon,France on 4 January, 1735 in Lyon, France. With a humble family background,he came to India when he was only 17 and served in the French East India Company under
|Maj. Gen.Claude Martin of British East India www.imbcal.ac.in|
|Contanta- Claude Martin's residence,Lucknow,India|
He died in Lucknow on 13 September 1800. As per his will, he was buried in the vault prepared for his remains in the basement of the college in Lucknow. The major portion of his savings and estate were left for founding three institutions, one each in Lucknow and Calcutta and his birthplace Lyon,France.
Claude Martin with Antoine and Wombwell,Lucknow,Indiawikipedia.com
|Indian postal stamp of La Martinière schools and Martin,founder, India.exclusivecoins.blogspot.com|
The college in Lucknow has two schools on different campuses for boys and girls. La Martinière Boys' College was founded in 1845 and La Martinière Girls' College in 1869. The Boys' College,Lucknow is the only school in the world to have been awarded ''royal battle honors'' for its role in the defense of Lucknow during the mutiny of 1857.
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. A very ingenious man: Claude Martin in early colonial India, 1993, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 241pp.