Sri Lanka Sinhala Family Genealogy
Nanayakkarage De Silva - Family #3175
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0 Mr. Silva (formerly Ven. Sri Sumangala) from an
old, distinguished family, the Nanayakkaras of the Galle district of
Province. Was Buddhist high priest of the Siam Sect of Baddegama. He
to Christianity (p.591
Twentieth Cent. Impr.book) + Name Not Known
1 Don Paulis Silva b. 1838-1901 born at Baddegama near Galle. Orphaned 18. Moved to Colombo, then to Kurunegala, then to We-uda and opened a store for coffee, then the leading product of Ceylon. Prospered greatly in the next few years. Then he embarked in mining for Plumbago. He became extremely wealthy. Next, he planted coconut, cacao, tea, coffee, cinchona, manilla, pepper, cinnamon, and cardamoms. He was a great friend to the poor. Was Roman Catholic. He was generous, kind, charitable (p.594). He was one of the principal benefactors of St. Joseph’s college, the leading catholic College in the Island. He built several churches and schools and contributed to many institutions, including The Good Shepherd Convent. He supported about 150 pensioners month by month. Three times he refused the distinction of “Basnayake Mudaliyarship”. Head office of the business was at “Wiesbaden” Colpetty, and stores at New Moon St. Pettah. Plumbago Stores were in Kotahena and Kurunegala. The historic “Teak Bungalow” was his country seat, in Kalutara. + wife 1 (had 2 sons)
+ wife 2 (had 2 sons , and Pagoda Wijeyasinghe Aratchige Dona Isabella Wijeyasinghe. She is a descendant of one of the oldest Kotte families, whose ancesters held the office of Adigar (king’s chief minister) to his Majesty Dharma Parakrama Bahu IX of Kotte. The king granted a sannas in 1505in recognition of his services.Reference to this Sannas is in the Mahavansa.
2 N. Don Bernard Silva b. 1875 (Mother- 1st wife) educated at Royal and St. Thomas Colleges. In 1894 he joined his father’s business. He owned the estates of Miriswatte, Udalawella, and Paradise in the Madampe, Chilaw, and negombo districts. Had many other estates in Kurunegala district, Kalutara etc. He has travelled in Europe, India, and was a member of the Orient, Turf, and Catholic Clubs, Colombo + Christina (d. of A. Isaac Perera, of Kandana in the Alut Kuru Korale. Residence: Guildford House, Cinnamon Gardens. Also owned other houses in Kurunegala and Colombo. P.594 Twentieth Cent. Impr.book.
3 Stephen Stanislaus Silva
3 other Sons and daughters
2 N. Don Stephen Silva b.1881 (Mother- 1st wife) educated at St. Thomas and St. Joseph’s Colleges. (p.518 Twentieth Cent. Impr. .book. )
2 N. Don ? Silva (Mother- 2nd wife) A Doctor. London University.
2 N. Don ? Silva (Mother- 2nd wife) A Lawyer.
2 Padikare Mudali Nanayakkara Rajawasala Appuhamilage Don Arthur De Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardene (of Richmond Castle, Kalutara). + Clarice Matilda Maude Suriyabandara. (of nobility).
2 N. (daughter) ? Silva (from 2nd wife)
Padikare Mudali Nanayakkara Rajawasala Appuhamilage Don Arthur De Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardene (of Richmond Castle, Kalutara).
What is Diyawadana Nilame? and what are the duties and functions attached to that office?
During the period of Sinhala monarchy there have been a number of Diyawadana Nilames in the 'Athul Kattale' (within the royal staff) called Rajawasala Diyawadana Nilame, Pallewasala Diyawadana Nilame and Dalada Maligawa Diyawadana Nilame. Rajawasala Diyawadana Nilame was an officer-in-charge of some duties at the Kings palace and Pallewasala Diyawadana Nilame was an officer who was attached to the lower palace where the queen and royal women lived. Diyawadana Nilame of Dalada Maligawa was an officer of the palace too but in charge of some functions at the shrine in which the Sacred Tooth Relic was deposited.
Duties and functions of the Mahawasala (Royal Palace) Diyawadana Nilame were to prepare water mixed with herbal perfumes for the King to bathe and to be by his side in attendance until he finished his bath. Diyawadana Nilame of Pallewahala had to perform similar duties in connection with the bathing of the Queen and other royal women, sans being in attendance by their sides. These two officers were handpicked by the King himself so that they were very faithful to him.
Diyawadana Nilame of Dalada Maligawa was a kinsman of the 'Athul Kattale' (palace staff) and it was a well-known fact, that during that period, the Sacred Tooth Relic was deposited in a special shrine built within the precincts of the kings palace under heavy security and the king personally performed poojas and rituals. The duty of the Diyawadana Nilame then was to prepare water mixed with perfumes and other ingredients to be sprayed on the flowers offered by the King to the Dalada.
Richmond Castle : http://www.serendib.btoptions.lk/article.php?artid=213
Silva called himself Wimalasiri or Wimalasena. He was married to an
lady who was the Consul in Sri Lanka.