John Adrian St. Valentine Jayewardene

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The Honourable Justice
John Adrian St. Valentine Jayewardene
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Ceylon
Personal details
Born 1877
Died 1927
Nationality Ceylonese (Sri Lankan)
Residence Chateau Jubilee, Ward Place, Colombo
Alma mater Royal College Colombo

Justice John Adrian St. Valentine W. Jayewardene (1877–1927) was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) judge and lawyer. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.

Born to James Alfred Jayewardene, a Proctor who was the Deputy Coroner of Colombo. His brothers included Hector Alfred Jayewardene who was an advocate and member of the Colombo Municipal Council, Colonel Theodore Godfrey Wijesinghe Jayewardene was a Member of the State Council for Balangoda electorate and Eugene Wilfred Jayewardene who also became a Judge of the Supreme Court.

Wilfred Jayewardene was educated at the Royal College, Colombo and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple, becoming a Barrister. In 1901 he returned to Ceylon and began his practice as an Advocate. From 1922 to 1924 he served as the District Judge of Colombo and in 1923 was appointed acting Puisne Justice thereafter confirmed as Judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.

In 1906, Jayewardene married Ethel Charlotte Irene, daughter of Mudaliyar Francis William Tillekeratne Dissanayake. His daughter Clodagh Jayasuriya, was elected to parliament and nephew J R Jayewardene became the first executive President of Sri Lanka.

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