STILL, John

STILL, John. Lambeth 1880 — Port Arthur, South Africa 9.9.1941. British Tea Planter Author, and Archaeologist in Sri Lanka. Son of Canon John Still and Anna Nitrill, educated at Winchester College. In 1897 emigrated to Ceylon and became a tea planter. In 1.1.1902–31.12.1907 Assistant to the Archaeological Commissioner (H. C. P. Bell), participated i.al. in work at Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Served in WW I and was Turkish war prisoner in 1915-18. Then lived in England, in 1939 moved to Rhodesia. Much interested in Buddhism. Married with Alice (Winifred Mary) Evans, two children.

Publications: Ancient Capitals of Ceylon: Historical Sketches & Guide. 1907.

Index to the Mahawansa: Together with Chronological Table of Wars and Genealogical Trees. Colombo 1907.

Articles in JRAS-CB, e.g.: “Notes on the variations of the Copper Massas [coins] of six Sinhalese Rulers”, 18:56, 1905, 398-405, 2 pl.; “Roman Coins found in Ceylon”, 19:58, 1907, 161-190; “Tantri-Malai: Some Archaeological observations and deductions”, 22:63, 1910, 73-101, pl. 1-8 & A-F.

A volume of poetry (1919), Prisoner in Turkey (1920), The Jungle Tice (1930).

Sources: Wikipedia.

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