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Sir John Douglas, Governor

 

 

Sir John Douglas KCMG, born 1835 in Ireland, was the son of Lt Gen Sir James Dawes Douglas (1795-1862) and Marianne Bullock.

He was in the Civil Service of Mauritius 1859-1869 when he tranferred to Ceylon where he was Auditor-General between 1869-1876. He became Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements in 1876-1878 before returning to Ceylon as Lieut.-Governor and Colonial Secretary, 1878-1880. He was appointed Acting Governor, 10 July 1883–3 December 1883.

The origin of the Sri Lanka volunteer movement can be traced back to 1861. The Volunteer movement grew out of a civilian rifle club and was broad - based for infantry soldering by a proclamation issued by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Douglas KCMG, in the Govt Gazette of 01 Apr 1881 authorizing the formation of "The Ceylon Light Infantry Volunteers.

Sir John married, in 1871, Alice Anne, daughter of Right Rev. Piers Calveley Claughton (d1884), Bishop of Colombo, Ceylon. They had five children.

He died 23rd August 1885, and was buried at Paul’s Church, Kandy, Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka (A Jessie Douglas is buried in the nearby Garrison cemetery)

 

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