Don Martino de Zilva Wickremasinghe

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Don Martino de Zilva Wickremasinghe (1865–1937) was an epigraphist and archeologist of Sri Lanka.[1] He studied at Richmond College, Galle.[2] Subsequently, he worked as an assistant to H. C. P. Bell as served as the epigraphist to the Ceylon Government.[3] He became archaeological commissioner after Bell, preceding Senarath Paranavitana in that position. His most important contribution was serving as editor and part author of the first two volumes of Epigraphia Zeylanica, a key source for the early history of Ceylon. He handed responsibility for volume 3 of Epigraphia Zeylanica to Paranavitana "...owing to reasons of health and the multifarious duties at the University of London."[4] During his time in London, Wickremasinghe prepared a catalogue of the Sinhalese books in the library of the British Museum.[5]

Leading articles[edit]

Wickremasinghe, M. d. Z. (1901). "Art. XIII.—The Semitic Origin of the Indian Alphabet." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) 33, no. 2: 301-305.

Wickremasinghe, M. d. Z. (1931). "On the Etymology and Interpretation of Certain Words and Phrases in the Aśoka Edicts." BSOAS 6, no. 2: 545-548.


  1. ^ Wickremasinghe's death reported in Paranavitana, "Preface," Epigraphia Zeylanica 4 (1934-1941) (London, 1943): p. iii.
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  3. ^ Review of Epigraphia Zeylanica, vol. 1 by E. Müller in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (Jan., 1905), pp. 183-186.
  4. ^ Senarath Paranavitana, "Preface," Epigraphia Zeylanica 3 (1928-1933) (London, 1933): p. iii.
  5. ^ Don Martino de Zilva Wickremasinghe, Catalogue of the Sinhalese printed books in the library of the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1901). Online catalogue:

External links[edit]

Inscriptions of Ceylon