Victor, how wonderful to get a reply!!!I will try as you suggested. Yes
Christoper Elliott appears often in the mid 1800's records. I do not know if he
is a "cousin". I wonder if there is another way to go about this. In London
there is the Indian library and various military libraries. I"ve just hired
someone to check pension records in England for my Sri Lanka William Elliott. If
things turn up, this may be a way to do it. My William was an ensign and
secretary to Lord Grey who was "assigned" ceylon for a while.
Since you are certainly knowledgeble, was there a British Church that these
folks might have gone to to be married?
I wonder if I approach the students using our Ames, southeast asian library, if
I could convince a grad student to do research. What exactly should I ask them
to do that we need.Since I am not familiar with what we HAVE!We have a large
Indian population here in Minnesota at our University.
My Rebecca Douglas(later Elliott) apprears as the Headmistress for the Columbo
Female Seminary in the book "The Administration of Sir Henry Ward, Govenor of
Ceylon 1855-1860, by S.V. Balasingham and it is volume eleven of the Ceylon
Historical Journal. Page 80.At the end of Rebecca's pension papers it states she
"contributed very materially
to the improvement of the rising generation of the Burgher population". To this
day Ceylon has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.
There must be an way we can generate a pool of information.
Thank you so much again for your ideas! Beverly
VICTOR MELDER wrote:
Your message has been automatically copied to me here in Melbourne, as I
work on Sri Lankan (Ceylon) genealogies and try to help in any way I can.
A question asked by another inquirer this week was, "Why did the Scots go to
Ceylon?" You answered the question yourself and the answer is
obvious...military, tea, missionary and entrepreneurial.
Did you know that Lachlan Macquarie was a Lieutenant in the British Army in
Ceylon and marched with his troops from Colombo to Galle, 72 miles away to
the south, and effectively had a smooth take over from the Dutch in Galle,
after their capitulation. As reward he was sent to the Australian Colony as
Governor, and that is how in Sydney, Australia today we have a Macquarie
island, river, harbour, university and a this and that.
You would be very, very lucky indeed to find someone in Sri Lanka today who
would be willing to undertake research etc even for a fee. Writing letters
won't do you any good either as it is a national trait not to answer
letters. I am speaking of twenty years experience.
Anyway,try writing to The Planters Association of Ceylon, 32, Vajira Road,
Colombo 5, Sri Lanka (Tel: 58 7013) for any information on planting industry
You might also write to The Pastor, Scots Kirk, Kandy, Sri Lanka, inquring
about church records. As far as I know they still maintain their records. I
am not aware if they have been copied to any relevant archives etc in
A good book to lay your hands on is "A Hunderd years of Ceylon Tea",
1867-1967, by D.M.Forrest (Chatto & Windus, London 1967), it gives quite a
bit of information on the planting industry and tea planters involved.
I do have the indexes to the baptism and marriage registers of the Dutch
Reformed Church, Wolvendaal, Colombo from 1702 to 1956, but unfortunately
they do not contain the Elliott or Douglas surnames.
I quote some entries for ELLIOTT from a book dated 1924 in my possession,
for whatever it is worth....
* ELLIOTT, C. Brooke, K.C., born Oct 28, 1875, edu Malvern College:
Bar-at-law, Gray's Inn, 1897, private secretary to Sir Winfield Bonser,
Chief Justice, Dec 1897, Chief commissioner Boy Scouts, Ceylon 1922, member
of the Council of Legal Education; golf champion of Ceylon 1900 (twice) and
1903, was a member of the Malvern cricket eleven and played on more than one
occasion for the Europeans against the Ceylonese in local test matches
* ELLIOTT, E.C.; planter and manager, Pedro Estate, Nuwara Eliya.
* ELIOT, Major (Bt.Lieut-Col) N., CBE - 2nd in command, Royal Garrison
* ELLIOTT, Dr Christopher, co-editor of The Ceylon Observer, 1846
Unfortunately, I cannot find any traces of any entries for Douglas.
I trust the above can be of some use to you. I will keep looking for other
Wednesday, August 25, 1999, 3.41pm, AEST
Victor Melder Sri Lanka Library
7, Benambra Street
Broadmeadows, Vic 3047
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From: kancer <kancer(a)uswest.net>
To: SRILANKA-L(a)rootsweb.com <SRILANKA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 2:58 AM
Subject: Re: Ceylon BMDs
>Hello. My family--scotch/british were there as military and as methodist
>missionaries-from about 1840 to 1860-setting up schools.There were also
>resources there-tea, cinnamon, etc, for export by entrepreneurs. Many
>tachers were hired at this time to improve conditions-especially for girls.
>have YET to find records. My names are ELLIOTT and DOUGLAS . They were
>there and had at least one child there before moving to canada.--but where
>these records.?? I would be willing to add to a fund to find someone there
>Ceylon--perhaps a student at the Univ. who could copy records and post to
>site. Anyone have any ideas???? Our University of Minnesota has an
>indian/ceylon library and I have scoured it, but church records are not
>This library (the Ames library) is on line at the PALS site, so you can see
>what there is on Kandy and use interlibrary loan.
>There have been many postings, but as of the last 6 months I have not seen
>Even if someone can find out the names of the old churches there and we
>If anyone has been helped, please share it it with the rest of us!!!!!
>Geoff Summers wrote:
>> We have a similar problem to that of Sylvia Murphy in tracing our Scots
>> ancestors in Ceylon. Our ancestors were also in the Kandy district. If
>> anoyone can help Sylvia, a general posting to the site would be useful.
>> We have noted a Scottish Kirk in Kandy (City). Does anyone know if
>> for a Church such as this would have been copied to a Scottish record
>> While I'm on, something I've been wondering about for some time : why
>> so many Scots go to Ceylon??
>> Geoff Summers
>> Researching in Ceylon: ROBB, GRANT, WAIT, WYLIE, HEBENTON