Why do folk keep repeating this 'Old Chestnut'about Lovers Leap, Swami Rock, Trinco from the imaginings of Major Forbes in his book"Eleven Years in Ceylon" and repeated ad infinitum in Lankan "Daily Newspaper of 4/3/2011 and websites 'Amazing Lanka and Golden Lanka.Please dont trotting out this this dreadful slur on Poor Francina van Rheede and her family. It is quite untrue for she NEVER leapt of Swami Rock and was NOT dashed beneath. She went up there in April 1687 to wave goodbye to her father, Hendrick van Rheede Coammandeur of Jaffna as he sailed from Trinco to P.Pedro. It was this unfortunate man that was poisoned in his ship in Surat while trying to sort out corruption. He was buried there and she attended his funeral. She was married twice, the 2nd time in 1694. No, she did Not rise from the dead to do so she was very much alive. RIP Francina where ever you rest.I hope she died a peaceful death. It very certainly was NOT on those rocks. See Wikiedia and Dutch Burgher Journal Vol.32 of July, 1942.
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