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I have not been able to find much more about Bristol India Hotel.
It is mentioned in Ferguson's 'Red' Directory for 1953 in Baillie Street, but no mention of your father.
The earliest reference I have found is in 'Commercial Ceylon' by S.E.N.Nicholas - 1933 where it is confusingly listed as Upper Catham Street, Fort, Colombo - tele. 134.
You may be interested to know that I have an extensive collection of books about Ceylon which I have been collecting for well over 25 years. I also have a collection of several hundred old Post Cards, but regrettably they are not currently catalogued by subject. I know I have several of Catham Street / GPO/ Clock Tower and possibly Baillie Street.
If you could give me some idea where the Hotel was situated in Baillie Street, I might be able to locate a view for you.
Was it towards York Street or Queen Street?
Was it on the North side i.e. Chartered Bank or the South side i.e. G.P.O?
Sir Hudson Lowe
According to the Ceylon Blue Book by Plate Ltd. published 1924, Sir Hudson Lowe K.C.B. was never the Govenor of Ceylon, but he was General Officer in Command of the Forces in Ceylon - 1826. The Govenor at that time was Lt. Gnr. Sir Edward Barnes K.C.B.
There is a fascinating reference in 'British Govenors of Ceylon' by H.A.J. Hulugalle, printed by Daily News Press in 1963 - Page 33 :
"On Tuesday 1st Feb 1820 we sailed from Colombo having on board General Sir Robert Brownrigg, Lady Brownrigg, Colonel Hardy, Captain King and Captain Page in command of 30 invalid soldiers from the regiment serving in Ceylon. [-------] On the 5th May as we were anchoring at St Helena, the Govenor, Sir Hudson Lowe, accompanied by Sir Thomas Reid, came to pay his respect. From them we heard of the decease of George III, and of the Duke of Kent, the assassination of the Duke de Berri, and of the capture of Thistlewood. While we were refilling our empty water casks anfd reciving fresh vegetables, three of the passengers rode out to Longwood, the residence of the great Knapoleon B0onaparte, who, they wre told, refused to recuve visiotrs, but amused himself in his flower garden, and gave the guards no trouble. ------------- It is interestring to recall that in the years 1825 - 30 SirHudso lLowe commanded the forces in Ceylon."
This must have been a most interesting period in Ceylon History as during Sir Edward Barnes Governership - 1824 -31 Major Skinner built the raod up to Kandy - George Bird starte the first European Coffee Plantation and took the fist steps towards self-government by comissioning the Colebrooke Report.
If you would like a photocopy of the full account - please give me your address.
I hope you will find this of interest.
Unfortunately I am rather new to the Internet and I have not yet been able to find your Lowe Genealogy Forum but I will persevere and hopefully find out maore about your family connection.