List of Royal College Colombo alumni

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This is a list of alumni of Royal College Colombo, Sri Lanka, often called "Old Royalists".

Foreign dignitaries[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Gayoom, Maumoon AbdulMaumoon Abdul Gayoom President of the Maldives (1978–2008)
Sultan Didi, Muhammad FareedMuhammad Fareed Didi Sultan of the Maldives (1954–1968) [1]
Crown Prince Manippulu, Henveyru GanduvaruHenveyru Ganduvaru Manippulu Crown Prince Maldives [1]
Prince Didi, Hassan FaridHassan Farid Didi Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Finance, Minister of State and Plenipotentiary Representative in Ceylon [1]

Prominent figures in the Independence Movement[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Dharmapala, AnagarikaAnagarika Dharmapala Buddhist revivalist and leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement
Sir Peiris, JamesJames Peiris prominent political leader, first Vice President of the Legislative Council and the first Ceylonese Acting Governor. [2] (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Senanayake, Fredrick RichardFredrick Richard Senanayake leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement and member of Legislative Council of Ceylon (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Perera, E. W.E. W. Perera "Lion of Kotte" freedom fighter, Senator, member of Legislative Council and State Council (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Sir Ramanathan, PonnambalamPonnambalam Ramanathan prominent political leader, Solicitor General of Ceylon and first member to be elected to the Legislative Council [3] (note: - Also listed in Legislators & Civil servants)
Sir Arunachalam, PonnambalamPonnambalam Arunachalam prominent political leader of Ceylon, member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council [3] (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Corea, Charles EdgarCharles Edgar Corea prominent leader in the independence movement, Member of the Legislative Council and President of the Ceylon National Congress (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Pedris, HenryHenry Pedris CTG - prominent figure executed by the British
Hewavitharana, Charles AlwisCharles Alwis Hewavitharana prominent leader in the independence movement (note: - Also listed in Medicine)
de Souza, ArmandArmand de Souza leading editorialist who campaigned for democratisation of the legislature


Name Notability Reference
Jayewardene, J. R.J. R. Jayewardene President (1978–1989), Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1978–1979), member of Parliament Kelaniya (1960), Colombo South (1960–1977), Colombo West (1977–1978)
Sir Kotalawela, John LionelJohn Lionel Kotalawela Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953–1956), member of Parliament Dodangaslanda (1947–1959) member Legislative Council (?–1931), member State Council (1931–1947)
Wickremesinghe, RanilRanil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister (1993–1994, 2001–2004, 2015–present)
Sir Obeysekera, Forester AugustusForester Augustus Obeysekera speaker State Council of Ceylon (1934–1935), member Legislative Council (1924–1931)
Sir Wijeyekoon, GerardGerard Wijeyekoon first President of the Senate of Ceylon (1947–1953)
Sir Attygalle, NicholasNicholas Attygalle first president Senate of Ceylon (1953–1960), first Ceylonese Vice-Chancellor University of Ceylon (1954–1967), President Ceylon Medical Council
Sir de Zoysa, CyrilCyril de Zoysa President of the Senate of Ceylon (1960–1965)
Ratnayaka, AbeyratneAbeyratne Ratnayaka President of the Senate of Ceylon (1965–1971), member Parliament Wattegama (1947–1956, 1960–1965)
Corea, ShirleyShirley Corea speaker of Parliament (1967–1970), member Parliament Chilaw (1952–1970)
Bandaranaike, AnuraAnura Bandaranaike speaker of Parliament (2000–2001), member Parliament Nuwara Eliya-Maskeliya (1977–1989)

Ministers and legislators[edit]


National Government benches
Opposition benches




Chief Justices
Acting Chief Justices
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court
Judges of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Other Judges


Name Notability Reference
Sir Peiris, JamesJames Peiris Vice-President Legislative Council of Ceylon (1924–1940), acting Governor of Ceylon (1925) [2][40]
Nagalingam, C.C. Nagalingam acting Governor-General of Ceylon (1954), acting Chief Justice of Ceylon (1954), Supreme Court Judge (1947–1958), Attorney General (1946–1947)
de Kretser, DavidDavid de Kretser Governor of Victoria (2006–2011)
Seneviratne, NalinNalin Seneviratne Lieutenant General Commander of the Army (1985–1988), Governor of North East Province (1988–1993)
Fernando, TyronneTyronne Fernando member parliament - Moratuwa (1977–1989), Governor of North East Province (1993–1994) [10]
Kanakeratne, NevilleNeville Kanakeratne Governor of Southern Province (1995–1999)
Swaminathan, D. M.D. M. Swaminathan member parliament - National List (2010–present), Governor of Western Province (1994)

Provincial politicians[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Vigneswaran, C. V.C. V. Vigneswaran Chief Minister - Northern Province (2013–present), Supreme Court Judge (2001–2004)
Moonesinghe, SusilSusil Moonesinghe Chief Minister - Western Province (1988–1993), member parliament - Colombo (1994–2000)
Attanayake, SenarathSenarath Attanayake acting Chief Minister - Uva Province, Uva Provincial Councilor (1994–present)
Wijeyeratne, Anuradha DulleweAnuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councilor (1988–1993), acting Diyawadana Nilame - Temple of the Tooth (1975–2005)
Rajakaruna, HarshanaHarshana Rajakaruna member parliament - Gampha (2015–present), Western Provincial Councilor (2014–2015) [41][42]


Name Notability Reference
Schockman, V. R.V. R. Schockman Mayor of Colombo (1938–1939)
Sellamuttu, S.S. Sellamuttu Mayor of Colombo (1951) [43]
Kamil, OmerOmer Kamil Mayor of Colombo (1999–2002)
Gunawardena, PrasannaPrasanna Gunawardena Mayor of Colombo (2002–2006)
Ponnambalam, CathiraveluCathiravelu Ponnambalam Mayor of Jaffna (1950–1951)
Liyanage, DayanthaDayantha Liyanage Mayor of Medway
Gooneratne, L. V.L. V. Gooneratne inaugural Mayor of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (1961–1971) [44][45]


Civil servants[edit]



Name Notability Reference
Attygalle, SepalaSepala Attygalle General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1967–1977), Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Equerry The Queen (1953) [55]
Weerathunga, TissaTissa Weerathunga General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1981–1985), GOC Joint Operations Command [55]
Jayasuriya, JagathJagath Jayasuriya General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (2007-2013), Chief of Defence Staff [74]
Seneviratne, NalinNalin Seneviratne General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1985–1988) [55]
de Silva, CrishanthaCrishantha de Silva Lieutenant General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (2015–present)
Heyn, BertramBertram Heyn Major General Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1966–1967) [55]
Wimalaratne, VijayaVijaya Wimalaratne   Major General Jaffna Brigade Commander
Gunathilaka, ChannaChanna Gunathilaka Major General Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army
Kulatunge, GemunuGemunu Kulatunge Major General Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army (1995–1997) [55]
Balasuriya, SumithSumith Balasuriya Major General Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (2007–2010), Vice Chancellor/Commandant General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University [75]
De Silva, T. N.T. N. De Silva Major General Commandant Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Director National Cadet Corps (1994–1999) [76]
de S. Jayaratne, JayanthaJayantha de S. Jayaratne Major General Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna
Udawatta, NandanaNandana Udawatta Major General Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (2009–present) [77]
Pannipitiya, ParakramaParakrama Pannipitiya Major General Commander Security Forces Headquarters - East (2007–2008)
Jayawardane, AthulaAthula Jayawardane Major General Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Mullaittivu, Master-General of the Ordnance, Director Operations, General Staff [78]
Kalupahana, DevindaDevinda Kalupahana Major General Director Operations General Staff, Commandant Sri Lanka Military Academy [79]
Fernando, C. H.C. H. Fernando Major General Director Operations General Staff, Commandant Army Training Centre, Commander Northern Command [80]
Fernando, PercyPercy Fernando   Major General Deputy GOC 54 Division
Thurairaja, ChelliahChelliah Thurairaja Major General Director Army Medical Services and Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps [81]
Nanayakkara, UdayaUdaya Nanayakkara Major General Chief Field Engineer Sri Lanka Army (2010–present) [82]
De Silva, ChryshanthaChryshantha De Silva Major General Military Secretary [83]
Sigera, G. L.G. L. Sigera Major General Master-General of the Ordnance [84]
Jayatilleka, BhathiyaBhathiya Jayatilleka   Brigadier Brigade commander 54-1 brigade - 54 Division [85]
Hapugalle, DennisDennis Hapugalle Brigadier Chief of Civil Defence, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Internal Security
Gunaratne, M. H.M. H. Gunaratne Brigadier Commander Security Forces Headquarters - East, Commandant Army Training Centre
Jayasinghe, RohanRohan Jayasinghe Brigadier Deputy Commandant Army Command and Staff College [86]
Hapuarachchi, NihalNihal Hapuarachchi Brigadier Commandant School of Military Engineering, Director Recruitment [87]
Jayasinghe, G. R.G. R. Jayasinghe Brigadier Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps, founder Sri Lanka Rifle Corps
Liyanage, ParryParry Liyanage Brigadier Quartermaster-General, Adjutant General
de Saram, FredrickFredrick de Saram Colonel first commanding officer Ceylon Artillery, leader of the attempted military coup (1962) [62][88]
De Costa, RexRex De Costa Lieutenant Colonel Commanding officer, Ruhunu Regiment, Vice President, World Veterans Federation (1961–1963)


Name Notability Reference
Gunasekara, BasilBasil Gunasekara Admiral Commander of Navy (1973–1979) [55]
Samarasinghe, ThisaraThisara Samarasinghe Admiral Commander of Navy (2009–2011) [74][89]
Wijegunaratne, RavindraRavindra Wijegunaratne Vice Admiral Commander of Navy (2015–present), Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard [90]
de Silva (admiral), AsokaAsoka de Silva (admiral) Vice Admiral Commander of Navy (1983–1986) [55]
Kadiragamar, RajanRajan Kadiragamar Rear Admiral Commander of Royal Ceylon Navy (1960–1970) [55]
Mendis, ManilManil Mendis Rear Admiral Director Naval Training, Commander Southern Naval Area
Fernando, PalithaPalitha Fernando Attornery General (2012–2014), Solicitor General (2011–2012), Rear Admiral Judge Advocate of the Sri Lanka Navy [91][92]
Jayarathna, Y. N.Y. N. Jayarathna Commodore Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy (2014–?)
Alahakoon, PrasannaPrasanna Alahakoon Commodore Deputy Superintendent SLN Dockyard, Deputy Director Naval Projects and Plans
Jinadasa, KalanaKalana Jinadasa Commodore Director Naval Inspectorate, Deputy Director Naval Operations [93]

Air Force[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Goonatilake, HarryHarry Goonatilake Air Chief Marshall Commander of the Air Force (1976–1981) [55]
Abeywickrama, HarshaHarsha Abeywickrama Air Chief Marshall Commander of the Air Force (2011–2014)
Gunathilake, KolithaKolitha Gunathilake Air Chief Marshall Commander of the Air Force (2014–2015), Chief of the Defence Staff (2015–present) [94]
Gunaratne, NimalNimal Gunaratne Air Vice Marshall Director Health Services - Sri Lanka Air Force (1992–2011) [95][96]
Kumaresan, A.A. Kumaresan Air Vice Marshall Director Planning - Sri Lanka Air Force
Goonatilake, ShiranthaShirantha Goonatilake   Air Commodore Commanding Officer - No. 1 Flying Training Wing
Pathirage, RohanRohan Pathirage Air Vice Marshall Director Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering - Sri Lanka Air Force [97]

Ceylon Defence Force[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Kotalawela, John LionelJohn Lionel Kotalawela Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953–1956), Member of Parliament - Dodangaslanda (1947–1959), Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Light Infantry
Jayewardene, T. G.T. G. Jayewardene member of the State Council of Ceylon (1933–1936), Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Light Infantry [98]

British Army[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Nicholas, CyrilCyril Nicholas Military Cross recipient - King's Royal Rifles World War I
de Boer, Henry SpeldewindeHenry Speldewinde de Boer Military Cross recipient - Royal Army Medical Corps World War I [99]


Name Notability Reference
Herath, CyrilCyril Herath Inspector General of Police (1985–1988), Chairman National Savings Bank (1994–2002) [55][100]
Dissanayake, S. A.S. A. Dissanayake Inspector General of Police (1963–1966) [55]
Seneviratne, AnaAna Seneviratne Inspector General of Police (1978–1982), Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia (1982–1985) [55]
Dissanayake, CyrilCyril Dissanayake Deputy Inspector General of Police, leader of Attempted military coup in 1962 [62]
de Zoysa, SydneySydney de Zoysa Deputy Inspector General of Police, leader of Attempted military coup in 1962 [101]
Grey, EddieEddie Grey first Ceylonese head of the Police Mounted Section, Olympic Lightweight Boxer (1948) [102]



Name Notability Reference
Munasinghe, MohanMohan Munasinghe physicist, academic, economist
Ramasamy, RanjanRanjan Ramasamy immunologist, biochemist, Chairman National Science Foundation
Mubarak, A. M.A. M. Mubarak Director Industrial Technology Institute, former Director, National Science Foundation
Jayawardhana, RayRay Jayawardhana astronomer, author, professor University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics [123]
Goonatilake, SuranSuran Goonatilake chairman/co-founder of Bodymetrics and Searchspace, Professor University of the Arts London [124]


Name Notability Reference
Corea, J. C. A.J. C. A. Corea First Ceylonese Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1946–1953)
de Silva, DudleyDudley de Silva Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1954–1966)
Wijesinghe, H. J.H. J. Wijesinghe acting Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1938–1939) [125]
De Abrew, PeterPeter De Abrew industrialist, philanthropist, co-founder Musaeus College, Colombo
Grero, Mohan LalMohan Lal Grero member Parliament Colombo (2010–present), founder Lyceum International School [126]

Public commissions & corporations[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Jayathilake, C. L. V.C. L. V. Jayathilake Chancellor - Wayamba University, Vice Chancellor - University of Peradeniya (1989–1991)
Vandergert, RodneyRodney Vandergert Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman Public Service Commission, Ambassador - People’s Republic of China, Soviet Union [49]
Marasinghe, LakshmanLakshman Marasinghe Chairman Law Commission of Sri Lanka [31]
Abeysuriya, RanjitRanjit Abeysuriya Chairman National Police Commission, Director Public Prosecutions Attorney General's Department [127]
Weerasooriya, N. E.N. E. Weerasooriya Chairman Commission of Broadcasting (1953–?), Chairman Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (1962–?)
De Mel, AsanthaAsantha De Mel international test cricketer (1982–1986)

Industrialists and corporate executives[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Sir de Soysa, Charles HenryCharles Henry de Soysa tea planter, banker, 19th-century entrepreneur, philanthropist
Sir de Silva, ErnestErnest de Silva business magnate, banker, barrister, philanthropist
Sir de Mel, HenryHenry de Mel 19th-century industrialist, lawyer, philanthropist, member Legislative Council (1921–1931)
Wijewardene, UpaliUpali Wijewardene founder/chairman Upali Group
Wijesinghe, Mallory EvanMallory Evan Wijesinghe Chairman Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, founding chairman Ceylon Hotels Corporation (1967–1970) [128]
Amalean, MaheshMahesh Amalean chairman Upali Group MAS Holdings
Martenze, J. A.J. A. Martenze founding chairman DFCC Bank, appointed member of Parliament (1947–?)
Balendra, KenKen Balendra chairman John Keells Holdings (1990–2000), Bank of Ceylon (2000–2002), Ceylon Tobacco Company (2003–2008)
Amarasuriya, HemakaHemaka Amarasuriya chairman Singer Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Insurance, Nations Trust Bank, NDB Group [129]
Amarasuriya, M. J. C.M. J. C. Amarasuriya banker, philanthropist, chairman Commercial Bank, chairman United Motors Ltd, chairman International Chamber of Commerce [130]
Mendis, SunilSunil Mendis Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2004–2006), chairman Hayleys
Kotelawala, LalithLalith Kotelawala chairman Ceylinco Consolidated [131][132][133][134]
Jayawardene, A. S.A. S. Jayawardene Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1995–2004), Secretary of the Treasury (1994–1995), Chairman Bank of Ceylon
Wickramaratne, EranEran Wickramaratne National List (2010–2015), Colombo (2015–present), Chairman ICTA, CEO National Development Bank
Mahendran, ArjunaArjuna Mahendran Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2015–2016), Managing Director HSBC Private Bank [135]
Gomes, DianDian Gomes Managing Director MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd, Slimline (Pvt) Ltd, President of CIMA Sri Lanka Division
Shanmuganathan, RameshRamesh Shanmuganathan Executive Vice President/Group CIO John Keells Holdings [136]
Malalasekera, VijayaVijaya Malalasekera chairman Bogala Graphite, chairman Asian Cotton Mills, Director Corporate and Legal Affairs Ceylon Tobacco Company
Weerawarana, SanjivaSanjiva Weerawarana founder/chairman/CEO WSO2 Inc., founding member Lanka Software Foundation
Sittampalam, ArjunaArjuna Sittampalam author, Investment Banker
Salgado, RanjiRanji Salgado economist, senior International Monetary Fund official [137]


Sports administrators[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Schockman, V. R.V. R. Schockman First President of the Ceylon Olympic and Empire Games Association (current National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka) (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Obeyesekere, DonaldDonald Obeyesekere former President of the National Olympic Committee of Ceylon (note: - Also listed in Legislators)
Grey (policemen), EdwardEdward Grey (policemen) former Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Ceylon (note: - Also listed in Police)
Christffelaz, A. E.A. E. Christffelaz former President of the Board of Control for Cricket (1950 - 1952)
Heyn, B. R.B. R. Heyn former President of the Board of Control for Cricket (1976 - 1978) & Ceylon cricketer (note: - Also listed in Military)
Malalasekera, VijayaVijaya Malalasekera Chairman, Interim Committee for the Board of Control for Cricket (note: - Also listed in Corporate executives)
Murugaser, TambyahTambyah Murugaser former Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket & Sri Lanka team manager [138]
Madugalle, RanjanRanjan Madugalle current Chief Match Referee of the International Cricket Council [88]
Perera, Ajith C. S.Ajith C. S. Perera former Sri Lankan cricket Umpire & qualified scorer [139] (note: - Also listed in Activists)
Gunasekara, MaiyaMaiya Gunasekara former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain & former President of the Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) (note: - Also listed in Medicine)


Name Notability Reference
Madugalle, RanjanRanjan Madugalle international cricket player (1982–1988)
Goonesena, GaminiGamini Goonesena first-class cricket player (1950–1964) [16][88]
Gunasekara, ChurchillChurchill Gunasekara first-class cricket player (1919–1935) [88]
de Saram, FredrickFredrick de Saram first-class cricket player (1933–1936) [88]
Gunesekera, C. I.C. I. Gunesekera first-class cricket player [88]
Coomaraswamy, SatyendraSatyendra Coomaraswamy first-class cricket player
Crozier, FitzroyFitzroy Crozier first-class cricket player (1957–1967)
Whatmore, DavDav Whatmore international cricket player (Australia) (1979)
De Mel, AsanthaAsantha De Mel international cricket player (1982–1986) [88]
Joseph, N. S.N. S. Joseph first-class cricket player
Amerasinghe, JayanthaJayantha Amerasinghe international cricket player (1984)
Pasqual, SudathSudath Pasqual One Day International cricket player (1979) [140]
Jayasekera (cricketer), RohanRohan Jayasekera (cricketer) international cricket player (1982) [88]
Jurangpathy, RoshanRoshan Jurangpathy international cricket player (1985–1986) [88]
Mubarak, JehanJehan Mubarak international cricket player (2002–2015) [88]
Perera, Kushal JanithKushal Janith Perera international cricket player (2015–2016)
Rodrigo, MaheshMahesh Rodrigo first-class cricket player (1949–1952); international rugby player
Henricus, BarneyBarney Henricus Commonwealth Games athlete - 1938 (boxing - featherweight class) gold medal
Obeysekere, AlexAlex Obeysekere Commonwealth Games athlete - 1950 (boxing - welterweight class) bronze medal
Karunaratne, NilukaNiluka Karunaratne Olympic athlete - 2012 (badminton), Commonwealth Games athlete - 2014 (badminton) [141]
Jayewardene, RaviRavi Jayewardene Olympic athlete - 1964 (50 metre rifle, prone), Commonwealth Games athlete [142]
Rutnam, DonaldDonald Rutnam Olympic athlete - 1924 Summer Olympics (tennis), Wimbledon Championships (1928–1938)


Name Notability Reference
Pereira, E. O. E.E. O. E. Pereira Vice Chancellor University of Ceylon (1969–1971)
Sriskandan, KanagaratnamKanagaratnam Sriskandan Chief Highway Engineer Department for Transport (UK) [143]
Gunasekera, U. N.U. N. Gunasekera 20th-century civil engineer
Gomes, ChandimaChandima Gomes engineer, physicist, author


Name Notability Reference
Gamalath, SuhadaSuhada Gamalath Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms
Jayawickrama, NihalNihal Jayawickrama Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Executive Director Transparency International [144]
Peiris, MohanMohan Peiris Attorney General (2008–2011) [145][146]
De Silva, C. R.C. R. De Silva Attorney General (2000–2008), Chairman Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission [147]
Aziz, ShiblyShibly Aziz Attorney General (1995–1996), Chairman Civil Aviation Authority (2003–2005, 2015–present) [146]
Sir Ramanathan, PonnambalamPonnambalam Ramanathan Solicitor General (1892–1902), member Legislative Council (1911–1921, 1924–1930), unofficial member Legislative Council (1879–1892, 1922–1924) [3]
Sir Garvin, ThomasThomas Garvin Solicitor General (1915–1917), Puisne Justice (1924–1935)
Akbar, Maas ThajoonMaas Thajoon Akbar Solicitor General (1925–1928), Puisne Justice [21]
Fernando, T. S.T. S. Fernando Solicitor General (1952–1954), Puisne Justice (1956–?)
Fonseka, MervynMervyn Fonseka Solicitor General (1943–1945) [148]
Basnayake, SinhaSinha Basnayake Director General Legal Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
De Saram, JohnJohn De Saram Director Office of the Legal Counsel, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, member United Nations International Law Commission
Abeysuriya, RanjitRanjit Abeysuriya Chairman National Police Commission (2002–?), Director Public Prosecutions Attorney General's Department, President Sri Lankan Bar Association (1991–?) [127]
Jayewardene, Harry WilfredHarry Wilfred Jayewardene chairman Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, member United Nations Commission on Human Rights, President Sri Lankan Bar Association [149]
Nadesan, SomasundaramSomasundaram Nadesan member Senate of Ceylon (1947–1971), President Bar Council
Nissanka, Herbert SriHerbert Sri Nissanka member Parliament Kurunegala (1947–1954?)
Dornhorst, FrederickFrederick Dornhorst First King's Counsel of Ceylon
Kadirgamar, SamSam Kadirgamar Queen's Counsel [150]
Warnakulasuriya, HemanthaHemantha Warnakulasuriya Ambassador to Italy [61]
De Silva, ChulaChula De Silva President's Counsel and Rhodes Scholar [151]
Chitty, Gritakumar E.Gritakumar E. Chitty Registrar International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [152]


Name Notability Reference
Bawa, GeoffreyGeoffrey Bawa 20th-century architect
Bawa, BevisBevis Bawa landscape architect
Weerasinghe, OliverOliver Weerasinghe architect, town planner [59][60]
Gunasekara, ValentineValentine Gunasekara 20th-century architect
Barr-Kumar, RajRaj Barr-Kumar National President of the American Institute of Architects (1997)


Name Notability Reference
Sir Fernando, MarcusMarcus Fernando member Legislative Council of Ceylon (1921–1931), first Consultant Physician Colombo General Hospital, Registrar Ceylon Medical College
Wijerama, E. M.E. M. Wijerama first President Ceylon College of Physicians, President Ceylon Medical Association
Spittel, Richard LionelRichard Lionel Spittel surgeon, author, president of the Ceylon Branch British Medical Association [153]
Peiris, J. B.J. B. Peiris president Sri Lanka College of Physicians, founder of the Institute of Neurology [154]
Gunatilake, SamanSaman Gunatilake neurologist, Head of Department of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Professor of Medicine University of Sri Jayawardanapura, President Ceylon College of Physicians [116]
Lamabathusooriya, SanathSanath Lamabathusooriya paediatrician, Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2002–2005)
de Silva, JanakaJanaka de Silva physician, gastroenterologist, Chairman National Research Council of Sri Lanka
Mendis, SusirithSusirith Mendis physician, Vice-Chancellor University of Ruhuna
Rodrigo, NalinNalin Rodrigo obstetrician, gynaecologist, surgeon, Medical Director Asha Central Hospital, Chairman Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital
Jayawickrama, U. S.U. S. Jayawickrama endocrinologist, founder Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka
Ramachandran, SurendraSurendra Ramachandran nephrologist, founder of Sri Lanka's first Dialysis Unit, President Sri Lanka College of Physicians
Samarasinghe, H. H. R.H. H. R. Samarasinghe physician, medical administrator, president Sri Lanka Medical Council
Hewavitharana, Charles AlwisCharles Alwis Hewavitharana physician, member University College Ceylon Council
Gunasekera, MaiyaMaiya Gunasekera surgeon, President Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (1998–1999)


Name Notability Reference
Lorensz, Charles AmbroseCharles Ambrose Lorensz non-official member Legislative Council of Ceylon (1856–1864), founder/managing editor Ceylon Examiner
Corea, VernonVernon Corea pioneer radio broadcaster/news director Radio Ceylon, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC
Belleth, LeonLeon Belleth pioneer radio broadcaster Radio Ceylon, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
Wijemanne, LivyLivy Wijemanne pioneer radio broadcaster Radio Ceylon, Chairman Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (1984–?) [155]
Corea, ErnestErnest Corea editor Ceylon Daily News/The Ceylon Observer, High Commissioner - Canada, Ambassador - United States, Cuba, Mexico
de Silva, MervynMervyn de Silva Editor in Chief of Lake House/The Times of Ceylon, editor Ceylon Daily News [156]
Seneviratne, MalindaMalinda Seneviratne writer, poet, journalist [157]
de Livera, EdmundEdmund de Livera editor The Times of Ceylon [158]
Ranetunge, DushyDushy Ranetunge international journalist
Weerawansa, DineshDinesh Weerawansa Editor in Chief Sunday Observer (2006–2014) [159]


Name Notability Reference
Obeyesekere III, James PeterJames Peter Obeyesekere III member of Parliament - Attanagalla (1960–1965), first Sri Lankan to fly solo from England to Sri Lanka (1946) [13]


Name Notability Reference
Spittel, Richard LionelRichard Lionel Spittel author [160]
De Alwis, JamesJames De Alwis 19th-century Sinhala poet, writer [23]
Mehta, PhirozPhiroz Mehta writer, lecturer
Muller, CarlCarl Muller author, poet, journalist
Gooneratne, BrendonBrendon Gooneratne author [121]
Selvadurai, ShyamShyam Selvadurai author
de Chickera, LuckyLucky de Chickera author
Peiris, HaroldHarold Peiris artist, author, Sinhalese translator [161]
de Saram, Rohan JosephRohan Joseph de Saram orchestral conductor [162]
de Saram, Lakshman JosephLakshman Joseph de Saram violinist, composer [163]
Lankage, RaniduRanidu Lankage musician
Maheson, KrishanKrishan Maheson musician, singer
Weeraratne, IrajIraj Weeraratne musician, music producer
Weeraman, DushyanthDushyanth Weeraman musician, actor
van Dort, J. L. K.J. L. K. van Dort 19th-century painter [164]
Perera, RukshanRukshan Perera musician [165]


Name Notability Reference
Perera, Ajith C. S.Ajith C. S. Perera Disability rights activist, Chief Executive / Secretary-General - Idiriya (2016–present), [166]
Tampoe, BalaBala Tampoe General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union
Wickremasekera, PercyPercy Wickremasekera General Secretary of the United Corporations and Mercantile Union
Ponnambalam, KumarKumar Ponnambalam Leader All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Presidential candidate (1982)


Name Notability Reference
De Mel, LakdasaLakdasa De Mel first Bishop of Kurunegala (1950–1962), last Metropolitan Bishop of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon (1962–1970) [167]
de Soysa, HaroldHarold de Soysa first Ceylonese Bishop of Colombo (1964–1971)
Herft, RogerRoger Herft Archbishop of Perth (2005–2016), Bishop of Newcastle (1993–2005), Bishop of Waikato (1986–1992)
Thera, Kollupitiye Mahinda SangharakkhithaKollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera Chief Incumbent Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (1992–?) [114]
Wickremasinghe, LakshmanLakshman Wickremasinghe Bishop of Kurunegala (1962–1983)
Abeynaike, CyrilCyril Abeynaike Bishop of Colombo (1971–1977)
Fernando, KennethKenneth Fernando Bishop of Colombo (1992–2001)
De Chickera, DuleepDuleep De Chickera Anglican Bishop of Colombo (2001–2010)
Corea, IvanIvan Corea Rural Dean of Colombo
Beven, Francis LorenzFrancis Lorenz Beven Archdeacon of Jaffna (1925–1935), Archdeacon of Colombo (1935–1947) [168][169]
Wijeyeratne, NeranjanNeranjan Wijeyeratne Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) Temple of the Tooth, Kandy (1985–2005)

Old Royalists in fiction[edit]

Many fictional characters have been described as Old Royalist. These include:


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