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Great Educator: Andrew Bell 1753 to 1832

Andrew Bell (1753 to 1832) was a Scottish Anglican priest and educationalist Founder of the Madras system of education (also known as “the monitorial system”) in schools and was the founder of Madras College, a secondary school in St. Andrews. Born 27 March 1753, he was the second son of a barber in St Andrews where a college in the university is still named after him to this day  Madras College.

His father was well educated and of great mechanical ingenuity, and known for being a good chess player.  His mother was the descendant of a Dutchman who came over with William III.  His mother came to an unfortunate end and died by her own hand.  Bell is said to have inherited a quick temper and a good deal of eccentricity. Read more