List of the Pote Collection at Eton

Scope and Content

Transcript of the roll lists of the portion of E.E. Pote's collection of oriental manuscripts presented to Eton College in 1788, in the hand of E.B. Cowell, 14 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Byles Cowell (1826-1903), scholar and man of letters, was born at Ipswich on 23 January 1826. He studied Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic, before training in his father's business as a merchant and maltster from 1842. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1850 (B.A., 1854), and catalogued manuscripts for the Bodleian Library. Cowell was Professor of English History at Presidency College, Calcutta, 1856-1864, and became Principal of the Sanskrit College in Calcutta in 1858. He returned to England in 1864, and became the first Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University, 1867-1903. He founded the Cambridge Philological Society in 1868, and became a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1874. Cowell died at Cambridge on 9 February 1903.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Henry Bradshaw, 1886.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on E.B. Cowell in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911, Vol. I (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 427-430.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Corporate Names