IEVERS, Robert Wilson

IEVERS, Robert Wilson. Limerick 1850 (or 1851) — Ireland 10.2.1905. British (Irish) Civil Servant in Sri Lanka. Son of Robert John I., a wine merchant, and Elizabeth Browne. Educated at Queen’s University, Belfast (M.A.). Entered Ceylon Civil Service in 1872, worked in various positions mainly in the north-west, living in Galle. Finally Government Agent of Northern Province. C.M.G. 1902, C.C.S. Member of the Ceylon Branch of Royal Asiatic Society from 1879. Married Catherine (Kate) Crawford (d. 1931), three daughters. Knew Sinhalese.

Publications: Articles in JRAS-CB: “Customs and Ceremonies connected with Paddy Cultivation”, 6:21, 1880 (not found in the scan); “Beligala”, 8:29, 1884 (1886), 346-367; “The Custom of Polyandry in Ceylon”, 16:50, 1899, 3-6.

Letter from the Government Agent, Anurádhapura, on the subject of the restoration of the Abhayagiri and Mirisawetiya Dágabas. Colombo 1890.

Manual of the North-central Province of Ceylon. 276 p. Colombo 1899.

Sources: Death noted in JRAS-CB 19:57, 1906;; with photo; Wikipedia.

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