Upper Prep Housemaster – James Dyson
Senior Housemaster – Martin O’Brien
This house is named after Sir Stapleton Cotton, a brilliant general who served under the Duke of Wellington at the Battles of Salamanca and Bhurtpore and was created Viscount Combermere for services to his country.
He served as principal cavalry general to the Duke of Wellington, and had a reputation as a very heroic and brave leader. Victorian historians noted his capture of the fortress of Bhurtpore in India as his greatest achievement. He was the second son of Sir Robert Salisbury Cotton, Baronet of Combermere Abbey, Cheshire. His mother was Frances, co-heiress of James Russell Stapleton of Boddryddon, co. Denbigh. The Stapleton and Cotton families had extensive interests in England, Wales and the West Indies, but the Viscount Combermere spent most of his career in military and political circles. He later served as Governor General of Barbados, Commander in Chief of Ireland and India. In 1852 he succeeded the Duke of Wellington as Constable of the Tower of London, and in 1855 was raised to the rank of Field Marshall.