NEVILL, Hugh. 19.6.1847 — Hyères, France 10.4.1897. British Colonial Servant and Collector in Ceylon. Came to Ceylon when 17 and served 27 years there, finally (1895-97) District Judge in Batticaloa. He achieved valuable collections both of naturalia and antiquities (Kandy silver work) and of Buddhist manuscripts. He left Ceylon because of severe illness, and died soon. As a scholar he was a mere dilettante, but nevertheless a pioneer of Sinhalese studies. Also interested in malacology, together with his brother.
Publications: articles and notes on Ceylon birds and molluscs in JRAS-CB, on molluscs JASB.
– “The Ancient Emporium of Kálah &c., with Notes on Fa-Hian’s Account of Ceylon”, JRAS-CB 7:24, 188?.
– Oriental Studies. 1-2. 18??.
– edited and published (and to a great extent wrote) the journal The Taprobanian. A Dravidian Journal of Oriental Studies in and around Ceylon. 1:1-4. 128 p. Bombay & L. 1885-86; 2-?. 18??.
– Sinhala Verse (Kavi). Ed. by P. E. P. Deraniyagala. 1. 11+352 p. Ceylon National Museums Manuscript Series 4 Ethnology 1. Colombo 1954.
Sources: Obituary from the *Athenæum 1.5.1897 quoted in the JRAS 1897, 700; briefly in JRAS-CB 15:49, 1898; *K.D. Somadasa, Catalogue of the Hugh Nevill Collection of Sinhalese Manuscripts in the British Library. 1-6. 440+316+318+465+473+728 p. London 1987-93, 7. Index. 13+217 p. 1995; Wikipedia.
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