Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Sri Lanka

The Baton arrives today (19.10.2013) in Sri Lanka – here’s the journey that a former graduate made to Sri Lanka in 1873:

Archibald Campbell Lawrie (1837-1914) graduated BA from the University in 1856 and became an Advocate. In 1873 he was appointed District Judge of Kandy, Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka – just in time to try out the new railway line from the capital Colombo to the second city Kandy that was completed in 1867! His journey through Sri Lanka may have looked like this:

View of a railway tunnel west of Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka

While in Sri Lanka, Lawrie learned Sinhalese (or Sinhala ), and he made a study of the Kandyan records left by the early British Administration, which produced his two volumes of a Gazetteer of the Central Province of Ceylon in 1896 and 1898. New editions continue to be published – here’s one from 2012: 

Lawrie retired as Acting Chief Justice in 1901, and returned to Scotland, where the University awarded him an honorary LLD in 1905.


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