Posted By:Robert Wilson
Subject:Re: Information about James Blacket (Blackett) 1828 onwards in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Post Date:January 18, 2012 at 06:54:54
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Thank you I have many details of the Blackett family who are my relations from 1850's onwards but I am really more interested in the details of the early Blacketts who arrived in Ceylon in 1795/96 with nthe British army.
The two early Blacketts were Lieut. John Blackett or Blacket & Lieut George Blackett or Blacket. John had a son the first James Blackett in Ceylon who appears to hav joined the army or more likely was in the Pioneer corps of ex officers who supervised the development of communication systems such as the cutting of roads & building of bridges with gangs of local labour, working their way up the mountains.
This James Blackett had three wives, the first Mary nee Brown was the Mother of the second James Blackett who then married Katharine nee Russell Scott. The Russell Scotts were also early planters in the island and just below Dolosbage.
As far as your interest in Walter is concerned, I am interested to know where he died and I believe it may have been in Ceylon. He was a great character, heavily into horses and polo. He went with the CMR to the Boer War from Ceylon and returned again to his tea planting. he was a great friend of my Grandfather Robert Wilson who married his sister.
Walter was also very involved as Commandant of the Labour Depot in Southern India at Pavallaram. He has the two designations after his name V.D.(Volunteer Decoration) and OBE (Order of the British Empire). He marriedcin 1897 Barbara Maria Cheves and I am trying to find out what children they may have had.
He was presented with a large silver salver by his colleagues in the CMR on his retirement that was passed down via my Grandfather. The inscription states Major W.S. Blackett at his retirement. He appears with my grandfather in a a book by T.Y. Wright who wrote a book on his years in the island and was a friend of the family. recently Dawm Waring whom I see from time to time wrote a book on the history of the CMR and the CPRC (Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps)and Walter is recorded in there from some information I supplied Dawn Waring.
He was planting next door to my Grandfather for many years & several tea estates with other products such as Cardomoms, spices, Rubber even at Jak Tree Hill estate and Glealmond estate after the family had sold their two large estates Pen-Y-Lan & Doteloya.
Robert Wilson