List of Governors of Dutch Ceylon

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The following is a list of governors of Dutch Ceylon. The Dutch arrived on the island of Sri Lanka on 2 May 1639 and parts of the island were incorporated as a Dutch colony administrated by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) by the name of Dutch Ceylon on 12 May 1656. The first Dutch Governor, Willem Jacobszoon Coster was appointed on 13 Mar 1640.

List of Governors (1640–1796)[edit]

      Acting Governor

Portrait Name Birth Death Governor From Governor Until
Punto Gale ingenomen door Willem Jacobsz. Coster.jpg Willem Jacobszoon Coster 1590 21 Aug 1640 13 Mar 1640 1 Aug 1640
Jan Thyszoon Payart 1606 - 1 Aug 1640 24 Mar 1646
Joan Maetsuyker.jpg Joan Maetsuyker 14 Oct 1606 24 Jan 1678 24 Mar 1646 26 Feb 1650
Jacob van Kittensteyn - 26 Dec 1653 26 Feb 1650 11 Oct 1653
Adriaan van der Meyden - - 11 Oct 1653 12 May 1660
Rijcklof.jpg Rijckloff van Goens 24 Jun 1619 14 Nov 1682 12 May 1660 1661
Adriaan van der Meyden (2nd time) - - 1661 1663
Rijckloff van Goens (2nd time) 24 Jun 1619 14 Nov 1682 1663 1663
Jacob Hustaert - - 27 Dec 1663 19 Nov 1664
Adriaen Roothaes (acting) <1620 1672 19 Nov 1664 April 1665
Rijckloff van Goens (3rd time) 24 Jun 1619 14 Nov 1682 April 1665 1675
Ryklof van Goens de jonge 11 Jun 1642 14 May 1687 1675 2 Dec 1679
Laurens van Pyl ca. 1634 18 Sep 1705 3 Dec 1679 19 Jun 1693
Thomas van Rhee 16 Dec 1634 31 Mar 1701 19 Jun 1693 29 Jan 1695
Paulus van Rhoo - 30 Jul 1695 29 Jan 1695 30 Jul 1695
Gerrit de Heere 1 Mar 1657 26 Nov 1702 22 Feb 1697 26 Nov 1702
Cornelis Joan Simons <1660 1727 11 May 1703 22 Nov 1707
Hendrik Becker 3 Aug 1661 22 Aug 1722 22 Nov 1707 5 Dec 1716
Isaak Augustyn Rumpf 21 Nov 1673 11 Jun 1723 5 Dec 1716 11 Jun 1723
Arnold Moll (acting) 5 May 1675 10 Feb 1729 21 Jun 1723 12 Jan 1724
Johannes Hertenberg 15 Apr 1668 19 Oct 1725 12 Jan 1724 19 Oct 1725
Joan Paul Schaghen (acting) 2 Nov 1689 12 Dec 1746 19 Oct 1725 16 Sep 1726
Petrus Vuyst 1691 19 May 1732 16 Sep 1726 27 Aug 1729
Stephanus Versluys 20 Aug 1694 27 Feb 1736 27 Aug 1729 25 Aug 1732
Gualterus Woutersz (acting) ca. 1670 5 Feb 1759 25 Aug 1732 2 Dec 1732
Jacob Christiaan Pielat 27 Aug 1692 3 Aug 1740 2 Dec 1732 27 Jan 1734
Diederik van Domburg
15 Oct 1685 7 Jun 1736 27 Jan 1734 7 Jun 1736
Jan Macaré (acting) 5 Jul 1686 8 Jan 1742 7 Jun 1736 23 Jul 1736
Gustaaf Willem baron van Imhoff2.jpg Gustaaf Willem baron van Imhoff 8 Aug 1705 1 Nov 1750 23 Jul 1736 12 Mar 1740
Willem Maurits Bruyninck 24 Jan 1689 - 12 Mar 1740 8 Jan 1742
Daniel Overbeek 13 Mar 1695 29 Jul 1751 8 Jan 1742 11 May 1743
Julius Valentyn Stein van Gollenesse 17 Feb 1691 13 Jan 1755 11 May 1743 6 May 1751
Gerard Joan Vreeland 27 Nov 1711 26 Feb 1752 6 May 1751 26 Feb 1752
Jacob de Jong (acting) ca. 1700 ca. 1764 26 Feb 1752 10 Sep 1752
JGLoten Portret.jpg Joan Gideon Loten 16 May 1710 25 Feb 1789 10 Sep 1752 17 Mar 1757
Jan Schreuder 12 Feb 1704 16 Jan 1764 17 Mar 1757 17 Sep 1762
Lubbert Jan baron van Eck 26 Mar 1719 1 Apr 1765 17 Sep 1762 1 Apr 1765
Anthony Mooyart (acting) 6 Dec 1698 1 Jan 1767 13 May 1765 7 Aug 1765
Iman Willem Falck 25 Mar 1736 6 Feb 1785 7 Aug 1765 5 Feb 1785
Willem Jacob van de Graaf 28 May 1737 10 Mar 1804 7 Feb 1785 15 Jul 1794
Johan van Angelbeek 1727 2 Sep 1799 15 Jul 1794 16 Feb 1796

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