CODRINGTON, Humphrey William

CODRINGTON, Humphrey William. 25.9.1879 — 1942. British Scholar of Sri Lankan History and Ethnography. Son of the rear-admiral William C., educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford (B.A.). In 1903 joined the Ceylon Civil Service. In 1919 married with Joyce Bleaden. If there are not two scholars with the same name, wrote also on Church Syriac literature in theearly years of the 20th century.

Publications: articles in JRAS-CB: “A recent find of coins”, 23:66, 1913, 72-88; “Ceylon Numismatics”, 24:68-2, 1916 (1918), 169-186; “Notes on the Ceylon Topography on the Twelfth Century”, 29:75, 1922, 62-74 & 30:78, 1925, 70-91; “The Kahápana of the Vinaya Párajiká Páli”, 29:75, 1922, 215-220; also in the CALR.

Catalogue of Coins in the Colombo Museum. 1. Hertford 1914.

Ceylon Coins and Currency. 7+290 p. 7 pl. Memoirs of Colombo Museum A:3. Colombo 1924.

A Short History of Ceylon. 22+202 p. L. 1926.

Notes on some of the Principal Kandyan Chiefs and Headmen and their Dresses. Rev. ed. 22+202 p. L. 1937.

Sources: two contemporary notes in Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd Series; briefly Godakumbura 1969, 23.


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