There is a very interesting account on the
life of Frederick Dornhorst in a book called
"Recollections - the autobiography of Sir
Gerard Wijeyekoon who was the first President
of the Senate in Sri Lanka.The book is extremely scarce, so I will photocopy the
relevant pages and mail them to you. Meanwhile for your interest and that of other
Genforum participants, here is an extract.
"Frederick Dornhorst always stayed in London in a guest house in Bedford Place. This was his favourite place of residence and he could never make up his mind to go to any other place..... He was fond of walking, and in Ceylon his one recreation was a visit to the
Orient club almost every evening. He was the life and soul of the club, and he had a few
particular friends with whom he played bridge
regularly every evening.Those who were associated with him at the bar could never
forget him.He had both an attractive and commanding personality. He retired from the bar at the age of 53 and settled down in England with his family. He visited Ceylon once or twice and whenever I went on a holiday to England one of the first persons I
visited was Frederick Dornhorst...."
Dornhorst's letter to his family written
around 1890 detailing his early life etc
was published in the 1991 Edition of the
Dutch Burgher Union Journal.
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