Posted By:Hugh Karunanayake
Subject:Re: Information about James Blacket (Blackett) 1828 onwards in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Post Date:September 24, 2012 at 20:12:12
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Hello Robert
James Blackett must have died sometime during the period 1885 to 1898 as his name appeared as proprietor of Doteloya, Meddegoda and Penylan Estates in the Ferguson Directory of 1885. In 1898 however his name was not present and Walter S Blackett is listed as prop of Meddegoda. It would appear that Penylan and Doteloya were with different owners by 1898. James Blackett together with John Laing and John Stephens were pioneer planters who opened up coffee plantations in Dolosbage during mid 19 th C. They seemed to have survived the coffee crash and transformed their plantations to tea successfully.
Walter Scott Blackett was listed as living at Jak Tree Hill Gampola in 1943. His name is listed in the Roll of Honour Great War 1 as a Captain in the CMR and served in India He was inthe Combined Labour Depot in Pallewaram, S India as 2nd in Command and later as Capt and Commmandant. He was demobbed on 14 Oct 1919. BTW I also discovered wedding portraits of Robert Wilson and wife who were married during 1917. Hope this info helps