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.

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.; “Archaeology of the Waṇṇi”, 13:45, 1894, 151-178; “Place Names in Vaṇṇi”, 14:47, 1896, 203-222; “Reland on Malay, Siṇhalese, and Tamil”, 14:47, 1896, 223-236; “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; also wrote of CALR.

Manual of the Vanni Districts of Northern Province. 6+335 p. Colombo 1895.

– “Dutch Architecture in Ceylon”, Architectural Review 12, 1902 & 15, 1905; Ceylon in Early British Times. 4+74 p. Colombo 1914.

– List of inscriptions on tombstones and monuments in Ceylon, of historical or local interest, with an obituary of persons uncommemorated. 10+462 p. Colombo 1913.

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

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