WALL, George. North Shields, Northumberland 22.12.1820 — London 16.12.1894. British Merchant, Coffee Planter, Politician, amateur Astronomer, Botanist and Humanitarian in Sri Lanka. Son of George Wall, a Methodist Minister, and Ann Lytham, educated at Harrow. Worked in an engineering firm, in 1846 left for Ceylon because of health problems. Worked for Ceylon Plantation Company in Kandy, in 1854 founded his own coffee company in Colombo. From 1858 unofficial member of Legislative Council. From 1859 four years in Manchester, then back to Ceylon. In 1894 returned ill to England for treatment, without success. Married twice, with Alice Makinson (d. 1854) and Mary Anne Dixon, thirteen children.
Publications: “Ancient Industries of Ceylon”, JRAS-CB 10:37, 1888, 350-364, 12:42, 1891, 47-62.
– Botanical publications.
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