19th Century Ceylon

A Chronological Collection of 19th Century Articles on Ceylon
from the pages of US-Publications. Many copied from originals in British Magazines.
Most have been written by tourists who visited the island of Ceylon

Images of Ceylon: 19th Century Photographs of Ceylon (The Palinda Stephen de Silva Collection)


Charles Scowen 
Queen’s Street, Colombo 

William Louis Henry Skeen 
Chatham Street, Colombo 

Charles Scowen 
Adams Peak 


  • Island of Ceylon
    by M. Malte-Brun
    1834, System of Geography : Containing a Description of the known World
    Chap. XLIX, pp 498-512, Samuel Walker, Boston. USA.
  • Marriage Ceremonies of the Kandians
    Sirr on Ceylon, and the Cingalese
    1850, The International Miscellany of Literature, Art, and Science.
    Vol. I, No. 4, 1850 November 1, pp. 590-591, Stringer & Townsend, New York
  • The English in Ceylon
    1851, The United States Magazine and Democratic Review.
    Vol. XXVIII, No. CLV - 1851 May, pp. 409-412, J. & H. G. Langley, New York
  • Coffee-Planting in Ceylon
    1851, Harper's New Monthly Magazine.
    Vol. III, No. XIII, 1851 June, pp. 82-87, Harper & Brothers, Publishes, New York
  • The Sacred Tooth of Buddha
    1873, Appletons' Journal.
    Vol. IX, No. 219, 1873 May 31, pp 722-723, D. Appleton and Company, New York. OCR nd
  • Tale of a Tooth
    by Therese Yelverton,
    1873, The Overland Monthly
    Vol. XI, No. 5, 1873, November, pp. 434-439, John H. Carmany, San Francisco.
  • Travel in 1879 Ceylon
    by Andrew Carnegie
    1884, in Round the World pp 145-160.
  • The City of the Sacred Bo-Tree - Anuradhapura
    by James Ricalton,
    1891, Scribner's magazine.
    Vol. X, No 3, 1891 September, pp. 318-336, Charles Scribner's Sons New York