LEWIS, John Perry

LEWIS, John Perry. 1854 — 1923. British Civil Servant in Ceylon. After school in Middlesex, studies at Queen’s University, Ireland (B.A. 1876, M.A. 1882). In 1877 joined Ceylon Civil Service, served in revenue and judicial departments. In 1906 Government Agent of the Central Province. In retirement continued his studies on Ceylonese history, lived into a high age.

Publications: 11 articles in JRAS-CB: “The Language of the Threshing-floor”, 8:29, 1884 (1886), 237-270; “Tamil Customs and Ceremonies connected with Paddy Cultivation in Jaffna District”, ibid. 304-333; “Buddhist Ruins near Vavuṇiya”, 12:42, 1891, 111f.; “Portuguese Inscriptions in Ceylon”, 18:55, 1904, 350-378; “Andrew’s Embassies to Kandy in 1795 and 1796”, 26:70-2, 1918, 49-100; 70-3, 1918, 115-155; 70-4, 1918, 172-229; 26:71-1, 1918, 6-52.

Manual of the Vanni Districts of Northern Province. 1895.

– “Dutch Architecture in Ceylon”, Architectural Review 12, 1902 & 15, 1905; Ceylon in Early British Times. 19??.

Sources: Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon. L. 1907, p. 96; death noted in JRAS-CB 29:77, 1924.

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