List of Captain-majors of Portuguese Ceylon

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The following is a list of captain-majors of Portuguese Ceylon. The Portuguese arrived in the Kingdom of Kotte in 1505. By 1551, they had appointed a Captains-major to control the Portuguese occupied territory called Ceylon on the island of modern day Sri Lanka. In that time, there were numerous Captains-major until 1594. The post of Captains-major was preceded by that of the Captain in 1518. In 1594, the Captains-major was replaced with a Governor.

List of Captain-majors[edit]

Portrait Name Birth Death Captain-major From Captain-major Until Sovereign
João Henriques - - 1551 1552 John III
Diogo de Melo Coutinho
(1st time)
- - 1552 1552 John III
Duarte de Eça 1480 15?? 1552 1553 John III
Fernão Carvalho - - 1553 1555 John III
Afonso Pereira de Lacerda - - 1555 1559 John III
Sebastian
Jorge de Meneses Baroche - - 1559 1560 Sebastian
Baltasar Guedes de Sousa - - 1560 1564 Sebastian
Pedro de Ataíde Inferno - - 1564 1565 Sebastian
Diogo de Melo - - 1565 1568 Sebastian
Fernando de Monroy - - 1568 1570 Sebastian
Diogo de Melo Coutinho
(2nd time)
- - 1570 1572 Sebastian
António de Noronha - - 1572 1575 Sebastian
Fernando de Albuquerque - - 1575 1578 Sebastian
Manuel de Sousa Coutinho 1540 1591 1578 1583 Sebastian
Henry
Filipe I
João de Correia de Brito - - 1583 1590 Filipe I
Simão de Brito - - 1590 1591 Filipe I
Pedro Homem Pereira - - 1591 1594 Filipe I

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