BOAKE, William John Slade. Colombo 1844 — London 2.6.1889. Irish Civil Servant in Ceylon. Son of Dr. Barcroft B. (1814–1876), Principal of Colombo Academy in 1842-70, and Mary Catharine Slade. Obtained Lic. Med. of Trinity College, Dublin, and Diploma of Medicine and Surgery, Glasgow. In 1867 he joined the C.C.S. and served as Police Magistrate and Assistant Government Agent in several places, in the end in Mannar district. Retired in 1889. Twice married. His report on Mannar was deemed excellent by his superiors.
Publications: “[The Ruins of] Tirukkétísvaram, Mahátírtha, Mátóddam, or Mántoḍḍai”, JRAS-CB 10:35, 1887 (1889), 107-117, 1 pl.
– Mannar: a monograph. 86 p. 1888.
Sources: J. R. Toussaint, Annals of the Ceylon Civil Service. 1935, in Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd series; birth & death at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com; death also in J.H. Martyn, Notes on Jaffna. Tellippalai 1923.