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 English
tachers were hired at this time to improve conditions-especially for girls. I
have YET to find records. My names are ELLIOTT and DOUGLAS . They were married
there and had at least one child there before moving to canada.--but where are
these records.?? I would be willing to add to a fund to find someone there in
Ceylon--perhaps a student at the Univ. who could copy records and post to the
site. Anyone have any ideas???? Our University of Minnesota has an extensive
indian/ceylon library and I have scoured it, but church records are not there.
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 any
Even if someone can find out the names of the old churches there and we could
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
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 records
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 did
so many Scots go to Ceylon??
Researching in Ceylon: ROBB, GRANT, WAIT, WYLIE, HEBENTON