Sir John D'Oyly, 1st Baronet, of Kandy

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John D'Oyly
1st Baronet, of Kandy
Ehelepola, Molligoda and Kapuvatta with D'Oyly.jpg
Ehelepola, Molligoda and Kapuvatta with D'Oyly
7th Civil Auditor General
In office
1 September 1814 – 1815
Preceded by A. Bertolacci
Succeeded by E. Tolfrey
Personal details
Born 6 June 1774
Died 25 May 1824(1824-05-25) (aged 49)

Sir John D'Oyly, 1st Baronet (6 June 1774 – 25 May 1824) was a British colonial administrator.

D'Oyly had a key role in arranging for the British takeover of the Kandyan kingdom in 1815. Fluent in Sinhala, he was the intermediary between the British Governor and the disaffected Kandyan chiefs who were intriguing to "sell out" the king, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. D'Oyly is credited with drafting the Kandyan Convention of March 2, 1815 which set out the terms of the accession. He was made a baronet and chose to stay in Kandy, eventually dying there. A Briton who visited Kandy before 1815 had described him as living like a "Cingalese hermit". His earlier association with a woman poet, Gajaman Nona, in Matara led to some speculation[citation needed].


Legal offices
Preceded by
A. Bertolacci
Civil Auditor General
Succeeded by
E. Tolfrey
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
(of Kandy)
Succeeded by