GILLINGS, James

GILLINGS, James. Norwich, Norfolk 15.11.1822 — 1897. Rev. BritishMethodist Missionary in Sri Lanka. In 1844-50 Superintendent on English school in Batticaloa, then returned to the U.K. Retired and moved to Coonoor in South India. Publications: “On the Veddahs of Bintenne”, JRAS-CB2:3 (7), 1853, 83-89. Sources: Scanty stray notes in Internet.

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FOWLER, George M.

FOWLER, George M. 18?? — 19??. British Civil Servant in Sri Lanka. Assistant Government Agent (1878), then Government Agent for Western Province (1900), finally Colonial Secretary. Retired 1907, 1912 living in Oxford. Publications: “The Paṇikkans of Muchalai”, JRAS-CB8:26, 1883, 13-17 (elephant catchers) .– “Translation of an Inscription at the Temple at Moṇṇísvaram”,…

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D’OYLY, John

D’OYLY, John. 6.6.1774 — Kandy 25.5.1824. Sir, first Bart. of Kandy. British Civil Servant in Sri Lanka. Son of Matthias D’Oyly, Archdeacon of Hastings, and his wife Mary, educated at Westminster School. Studies at Cambridge (Corpus Christi), graduated 1796. In 1801 joined C.C.S. as writer, during a tenure at Matara…

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GRAY, Albert

GRAY, Albert. Perth, Scotland 10.10.1850 — Chelsea 27.2.1928. Sir. British (Scottish) Lawyer interested in Sri Lanka and in Travel Literature. Son of George Gray and Sophia Margaret Jameson. Member of Ceylon Civil Service in 1871-74. Back in the U.K. studied law and was called to the bar in 1879. Counsel…

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FORBES, Jonathan

FORBES (FORBES-LESLIE), Jonathan. Aberdeenshire 21.2.1798 — Fyvie, Aberdeenshire 23.12.1877. British (Scottish) Colonial Officer. Son of John F. and Anne Margaret Gregory. Arrived at Ceylon as a young officer of 78th Highlanders in 1826, remained until 1837 advancing to Major. Then Lieutenant-Colonel, some years served in India 1842–4?, retired before 1850.…

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FERGUSON, William

FERGUSON, William. Urquhart and Logie Wester, Ross-shire 18.7.1820 — Colombo 31.7.1887. British (Scottish) Civil Servant and Botanist in Sri Lanka. Son of John F. and Ann Mackerras, brother of —> A.M.F. Joined C.C.S. in 1839. Beside botany he was also interested in herpetology and entomology. Married 1852 Robina Innes, two…

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FERGUSON, Alastair Mackenzie

FERGUSON, Alastair Mackenzie. Urquhart and Logie Wester (Cannon Bridge?), Rossshire 25.1.1816 — Colombo 26.12.1892. British (Scottish) Journalist in Sri Lanka. Son of John F. and Ann Mackerras, brother of —> William F. Came to Ceylon in 1837 in the staff of Governor J. A. Stewart Mackenzie. Worked as planter, customs…

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DAVY, John

DAVY, John. Penzance 24.5.1790 — Ambleside, Cumbria 24.1.1868. British Physician and Chemist in Colonial Service. Son of Robert D. (died c. 1795) and Grace Millet. Educated in Helston and Barnstaple. Studies of chemistry in London and medicine at Edinburgh (M.D. 1815). Joined Army Medical Forces and served in Brussels and…

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CORDINER, James

CORDINER, James. 1775 — Aberdeen 13.1.1836. Rev. British (Scottish) Episcopal Priest in Sri Lanka. Son of Rev. Charles C. of Banff. Studies at Aberdeen. From 1797 in charge of Military Orphan Asylum in Madras. In 1799-1804 second chaplain to the garrison in Colombo and principal of all schools in the island under Governor…

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BLAKESLEY, Thomas Holmes.

BLAKESLEY, Thomas Holmes. Ware, Hertsfordshire 8.7.1847 — London 13.2.1929. British Civil Engineer and Scientist also interested in Archaeology. Son of Rev. Joseph Williams Bl. (1808-85), Dean of Lincoln, and Margaret Wilson Holmes. Educated in Smithfield, studies at King’s College, Cambridge, graduated in 1869 (B.A.). From 1872 Government Engineer at Public Works Department…

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