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

One comes across fellow Royalists in varying situations in life;
instantly a rapport is established for one knows the other
— assumes his qualities and understands his character.

Lalith Athulathmudali

Heads of State[edit]

J. R. Jayewardene, President of Sri Lanka
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives
Sir James Peiris, Vice President of the Legislative Council and first Ceylonese Acting Governor
Anagarika Dharmapala,
Buddhist revivalist and writer
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
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)
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom President of the Maldives (1978–2008)
Muhammad Fareed Didi Sultan of the Maldives (1954–1968) [1]

Heads of Government[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sir John Kotalawela Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953–1956), member of Parliament for Dodangaslanda (1947–1959), member of Legislative Council (?–1931), member of State Council (1931–1947)
Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister (1993–1994, 2001–2004, 2015–present)

Royalty[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Prince Henveyru Ganduvaru Manippulu Crown Prince of the Maldives
Prince Hassan Farid Didi Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Finance, Minister of State and Plenipotentiary Representative in Ceylon

Viceregal[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sir James Peiris Acting Governor of Ceylon (1925), Vice-President Legislative Council of Ceylon (1924–1940) [2][3]
C. Nagalingam Acting Governor-General of Ceylon (1954), Acting Chief Justice of Ceylon (1954), Supreme Court Judge (1947–1958), Attorney General (1946–1947)
David de Kretser Governor of Victoria (2006–2011)

Prominent figures in the Independence Movement[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Anagarika Dharmapala Buddhist revivalist and leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement
Sir James Peiris Prominent political leader, first Vice President of the Legislative Council and the first Ceylonese Acting Governor [2] (note: also listed in Legislators)
F. R. Senanayake Leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement and member of Legislative Council of Ceylon (note: also listed in Legislators)
E. W. Perera Senator, member of Legislative Council and State Council (note: also listed in Legislators)
Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Prominent political leader, Solicitor General of Ceylon and first member to be elected to the Legislative Council [4] (note: also listed in Legislators and Civil servants)
Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam Prominent political leader of Ceylon, member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council [4] (note: also listed in Legislators)
Charles Edgar Corea (also listed in Legislators)
Henry Pedris CTG – prominent figure executed by the British
Charles Alwis Hewavitharana Prominent leader in the independence movement (note: also listed in Medicine)
Armand de Souza leading editorialist who campaigned for democratisation of the legislature

Politics[edit]

Heads of Legislature[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sir Forester Obeysekera Speaker of the State Council of Ceylon (1934–1935), member Legislative Council (1924–1931)
Sir Gerard Wijeyekoon First President of the Senate of Ceylon (1947–1953)
Sir Nicholas Attygalle First president Senate of Ceylon (1953–1960), first Ceylonese Vice-Chancellor University of Ceylon (1954–1967), President Ceylon Medical Council
Sir Cyril de Zoysa President of the Senate of Ceylon (1960–1965)
Abeyratne Ratnayaka President of the Senate of Ceylon (1965–1971), member of Parliament for Wattegama (1947–1956, 1960–1965)
Shirley Corea Speaker of Parliament (1967–1970), member of Parliament for Chilaw (1952–1970)
Anura Bandaranaike Speaker of Parliament (2000–2001), member of Parliament for Nuwara Eliya-Maskeliya (1977–1989)

Ministers and legislators[edit]

Current[edit]

National Government benches
Name Notability Reference(s)
Ranil Wickremesinghe Member of ParliamentPrime Minister (note: also listed in Heads of State and Heads of Government)
Mangala Samaraweera Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ravi Karunanayake Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Finance
Lakshman Kiriella Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Highways, Leader of the House
Sajith Premadasa Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Housing and Construction
D. M. Swaminathan Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Resettlement (note: also listed in Provincial Governors)
Rauff Hakeem Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister of City Planning and Water Management
Gayantha Karunathilaka Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister of Media and Parliament Rehabilitation
Duminda Dissanayake Member of Parliament Cabinet Minister of Agriculture [5]
Naween Dissanayake Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister of Plantations [6]
Kabir Hashim Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister of Public Enterprise Development
Sagala Ratnayaka Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister of Southern Development
Ranjith Siyambalapitiya Member of ParliamentCabinet Minister of Power and Renewable Energy
Piyankara Jayaratne Member of Parliament – State Minister of Law and Order
Mohan Lal Grero Member of Parliament – State Minister of University Education (note: also listed in Educationalists)
Dilan Perera Member of Parliament – State Minister of Highways
Eran Wickramaratne Member of Parliament – Deputy Minister of State entrepreneurship (note: also listed in Industrialists)
Harsha de Silva Member of Parliament – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs [7]
Faiszer Musthapha Member of Parliament – former State Minister
Harshana Rajakaruna Member of Parliament
Imran Maharoof Member of Parliament
Kavinda Jayawardena Member of Parliament
Malik Samarawickrama Member of Parliament – Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade
Mayantha Dissanayake Member of Parliament
Opposition benches

Former[edit]

Post-Independence
Pre-Independence

Judiciary[edit]

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

Provincial and local government[edit]

Governors[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Nalin Seneviratne Lieutenant General Commander of the Army (1985–1988), Governor of North East Province (1988–1993)
Tyronne Fernando Member of Parliament for Moratuwa (1977–1989), Governor of North East Province (1993–1994) [11]
Neville Kanakeratne Governor of Southern Province (1995–1999)
D. M. Swaminathan Member of ParliamentNational List (2010–present), Governor of Western Province (1994)

Chief Ministers and Provincial Councilors[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
C. V. Vigneswaran Chief Minister – Northern Province (2013–present), Supreme Court Judge (2001–2004)
Susil Moonesinghe Chief Minister – Western Province (1988–1993), member parliament - Colombo (1994–2000)
Senarath Attanayake Acting Chief Minister – Uva Province, Uva Provincial Councilor (1994–present)
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councilor (1988–1993), acting Diyawadana NilameTemple of the Tooth (1975–2005)
Harshana Rajakaruna Member of Parliament for Gampha (2015–present), Western Provincial Councilor (2014–2015) [41][42]

Mayors[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
V. R. Schockman Mayor of Colombo (1938–1939)
S. Sellamuttu Mayor of Colombo (1951) [43]
Omer Kamil Mayor of Colombo (1999–2002)
Prasanna Gunawardena Mayor of Colombo (2002–2006)
Cathiravelu Ponnambalam Mayor of Jaffna (1950–1951)
Dayantha Liyanage Mayor of Medway
L. V. Gooneratne Inaugural Mayor of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (1961–1971) [44][45]

Diplomats[edit]

Civil servants[edit]

Military[edit]

Army[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Bertram Heyn Major General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1966–1967) [55]
Sepala Attygalle General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1967–1977), Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Equerry The Queen (1953) [55]
Tissa Weerathunga General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1981–1985), GOC Joint Operations Command [55]
Jagath Jayasuriya General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (2007–2013), Chief of Defence Staff [73]
Nalin Seneviratne General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (1985–1988) [55]
Crishantha de Silva General, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army (2015–2017), Chief of Defence Staff [74]
Vijaya Wimalaratne   Major General, Jaffna Brigade Commander
Channa Gunathilaka Major General, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army
Gemunu Kulatunge Major General, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army (1995–1997) [55]
Sumith Balasuriya Major General, Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (2007–2010), Vice Chancellor/Commandant General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University [75]
T. N. De Silva Major General, Commandant Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Director National Cadet Corps (1994–1999) [76]
Jayantha de S. Jayaratne Major General, Commander Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna
Nandana Udawatta Major General, Commander Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (2009–present) [77]
Parakrama Pannipitiya Major General Commander Security Forces Headquarters – East (2007–2008)
Athula Jayawardane Major General, Commander Security Forces Headquarters – Mullaitivu, Master-General of the Ordnance, Director Operations, General Staff [78]
Devinda Kalupahana Major General, Director Operations General Staff, Commandant Sri Lanka Military Academy [79]
C. H. Fernando Major General, Director Operations General Staff, Commandant Army Training Centre, Commander Northern Command [80]
Percy Fernando   Major General, Deputy GOC 54 Division
Chelliah Thurairaja Major General, Director Army Medical Services and Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps [81]
Udaya Nanayakkara Major General, Chief Field Engineer Sri Lanka Army (2010–present) [82]
G. L. Sigera Major General, Master-General of the Ordnance [83]
Bhathiya Jayatilleka   Brigadier, Brigade commander 54-1 brigade – 54 Division [84]
Dennis Hapugalle Brigadier, Chief of Civil Defence, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Internal Security
M. H. Gunaratne Brigadier, Commander Security Forces Headquarters - East, Commandant Army Training Centre
Rohan Jayasinghe Brigadier, Deputy Commandant Army Command and Staff College [85]
Nihal Hapuarachchi Brigadier, Commandant School of Military Engineering, Director Recruitment [86]
G. R. Jayasinghe Brigadier, Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps, founder Sri Lanka Rifle Corps
Parry Liyanage Brigadier, Quartermaster-General, Adjutant General
Fredrick de Saram Colonel, first commanding officer Ceylon Artillery, leader of the attempted military coup (1962) [61][87]
Rex De Costa Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding officer, Ruhunu Regiment, Vice President, World Veterans Federation (1961–1963)

Navy[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Basil Gunasekara Admiral, Commander of Navy (1973–1979) [55]
Thisara Samarasinghe Admiral, Commander of Navy (2009–2011) [73][88]
Ravindra Wijegunaratne Admiral, Chief of the Defence Staff (2017–present), Commander of Navy (2015–2017), Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard [89]
Asoka de Silva (admiral) Vice Admiral, Commander of Navy (1983–1986) [55]
Rajan Kadiragamar Rear Admiral, Commander of Royal Ceylon Navy (1960–1970) [55]
Manil Mendis Rear Admiral, Director Naval Training, Commander Southern Naval Area
Palitha Fernando Attornery General (2012–2014), Solicitor General (2011–2012), Rear Admiral Judge Advocate of the Sri Lanka Navy [90][91]
Y. N. Jayarathna Commodore, Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy (2014–present)
Prasanna Alahakoon Commodore, Deputy Superintendent SLN Dockyard, Deputy Director Naval Projects and Plans
Kalana Jinadasa Commodore, Director Naval Inspectorate, Deputy Director Naval Operations [92]

Air Force[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Harry Goonatilake Air Chief Marshall, Commander of the Air Force (1976–1981) [55]
Harsha Abeywickrama Air Chief Marshall, Commander of the Air Force (2011–2014)
Kolitha Gunathilake Air Chief Marshall, Commander of the Air Force (2014–2015), Chief of the Defence Staff (2015–present) [93]
Nimal Gunaratne Air Vice Marshall, Director Health Services – Sri Lanka Air Force (1992–2011) [94][95]
A. Kumaresan Air Vice Marshall, Director Planning – Sri Lanka Air Force
Shirantha Goonatilake   Air Commodore, Commanding Officer – No. 1 Flying Training Wing
Rohan Pathirage Air Vice Marshall, Director Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering – Sri Lanka Air Force [96]

Ceylon Defence Force[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
John Lionel Kotalawela Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953–1956), Member of Parliament - Dodangaslanda (1947–1959), Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Light Infantry
T. G. Jayewardene Member of the State Council of Ceylon (1933–1936), Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Light Infantry [97]

British Army[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Cyril Nicholas Military Cross recipient – King's Royal Rifles World War I
Henry Speldewinde de Boer Military Cross recipient – Royal Army Medical Corps World War I [98]

Police[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Cyril Herath Inspector General of Police (1985–1988), Chairman National Savings Bank (1994–2002) [55][99]
S. A. Dissanayake Inspector General of Police (1963–1966) [55]
Ana Seneviratne Inspector General of Police (1978–1982), Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia (1982–1985) [55]
Cyril Dissanayake Deputy Inspector General of Police, leader of Attempted military coup in 1962 [61]
Sydney de Zoysa Deputy Inspector General of Police, leader of Attempted military coup in 1962 [100]
Eddie Grey First Ceylonese head of the Police Mounted Section, Olympic Lightweight Boxer (1948) [101]

Academics[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Nicholas Attygalle Vice-Chancellor University of Ceylon (1954–1967)
E. O. E. Pereira Vice-Chancellor University of Ceylon (1969–1971)
C. L. V. Jayathilake Chancellor Wayamba University (2008–2013), Vice Chancellor University of Peradeniya (1989–1991)
Hema Ellawala Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Monte Cassim Vice Chancellor Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (2004–2010)
M. J. S. Wijeyaratne Vice Chancellor University of Kelaniya (2005–2008)
Susirith Mendis Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna
R. K. W. Goonesekera Chancellor University of Peradeniya (2002–2005), Principal Sri Lanka Law College (1966–1974) [102]
T. Nadaraja Chancellor University of Jaffna (1984–2004) [54][103]
T. Varagunam Chancellor Eastern University, Sri Lanka [104]

Scientists[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Mohan Munasinghe Physicist, academic, economist
Ranjan Ramasamy Immunologist, biochemist, Chairman National Science Foundation
A. M. Mubarak Director Industrial Technology Institute, former Director, National Science Foundation
Ray Jayawardhana Astronomer, author, professor University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics [123]
Suran Goonatilake Chairman/co-founder of Bodymetrics and Searchspace, Professor University of the Arts London [124]

Educationalists[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
J. C. A. Corea First Ceylonese Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1946–1953)
Dudley de Silva Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1954–1966)
H. J. Wijesinghe Acting Principal of Royal College, Colombo (1938–1939) [125]
Peter De Abrew Industrialist, philanthropist, co-founder Musaeus College, Colombo
Mohan Lal Grero Member of Parliament for Colombo (2010–present), founder Lyceum International School [126]

Public commissions and corporations[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
C. L. V. Jayathilake ChancellorWayamba University, Vice ChancellorUniversity of Peradeniya (1989–1991)
Rodney Vandergert Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman Public Service Commission, AmbassadorPeople’s Republic of China, Soviet Union [49]
Lakshman Marasinghe Chairman Law Commission of Sri Lanka [32]
Ranjit Abeysuriya Chairman National Police Commission, Director Public Prosecutions Attorney General's Department [127]
N. E. Weerasooriya Chairman Commission of Broadcasting (1953–?), Chairman Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (1962–?)
Asantha De Mel International test cricketer (1982–1986)

Industrialists and corporate executives[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Sir Charles Henry de Soysa Tea planter, banker, 19th-century entrepreneur, philanthropist
Sir Ernest de Silva Business magnate, banker, barrister, philanthropist
Sir Henry de Mel 19th-century industrialist, lawyer, philanthropist, member Legislative Council (1921–1931)
Upali Wijewardene Founder/chairman Upali Group
Mallory Evan Wijesinghe Chairman Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, founding chairman Ceylon Hotels Corporation (1967–1970) [128]
Mahesh Amalean Chairman of MAS Holdings
J. A. Martenze Founding chairman DFCC Bank, appointed member of Parliament (1947–?)
Ken Balendra Chairman John Keells Holdings (1990–2000), Bank of Ceylon (2000–2002), Ceylon Tobacco Company (2003–2008)
Hemaka Amarasuriya Chairman Singer Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Insurance, Nations Trust Bank, NDB Group [129]
M. J. C. Amarasuriya Banker, philanthropist, chairman Commercial Bank, chairman United Motors Ltd, chairman International Chamber of Commerce [130]
Sunil Mendis Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2004–2006), chairman Hayleys
Lalith Kotelawala Chairman Ceylinco Consolidated [131][132][133][134]
A. S. Jayawardene Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1995–2004), Secretary of the Treasury (1994–1995), Chairman Bank of Ceylon
Eran Wickramaratne National List (2010–2015), Colombo (2015–present), Chairman ICTA, CEO National Development Bank
Arjuna Mahendran Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2015–2016), Managing Director HSBC Private Bank [135]
Sanjiva Weerawarana Founder/chairman/CEO WSO2 Inc., founding member Lanka Software Foundation
Arjuna Sittampalam Author, Investment Banker
Ranji Salgado Economist, senior International Monetary Fund official [136]
Dulith Herath Entrepreneur, founder and chairman of e-commerce organization, kapruka.com

Sports[edit]

Sports administrators[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
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)
Donald Obeyesekere Former President of the National Olympic Committee of Ceylon (note: also listed in Legislators)
Edward Grey (policemen) Former Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Ceylon (note: also listed in Police)
A. E. Christffelaz Former President of the Board of Control for Cricket (1950–1952)
B. R. Heyn Former President of the Board of Control for Cricket (1976–1978), Ceylon cricketer (note: also listed in Military)
Tambyah Murugaser Former Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket, Sri Lanka team manager [137]
Ranjan Madugalle Current Chief Match Referee of the International Cricket Council [87]
Ajith C. S. Perera Former Sri Lankan cricket umpire and qualified scorer (note: also listed in Activists) [138]
Maiya Gunasekara Former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain, former President of the Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) (note: also listed in Medicine)

Sports[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Ranjan Madugalle International cricket player (1982–1988)
Gamini Goonesena First-class cricket player (1950–1964) [17][87]
Churchill Gunasekara First-class cricket player (1919–1935) [87]
Fredrick de Saram First-class cricket player (1933–1936) [87]
C. I. Gunesekera First-class cricket player [87]
Satyendra Coomaraswamy First-class cricket player
Fitzroy Crozier First-class cricket player (1957–1967)
Dav Whatmore International cricket player (Australia) (1979)
Asantha De Mel International cricket player (1982–1986) [87]
N. S. Joseph First-class cricket player
Jayantha Amerasinghe International cricket player (1984)
Sudath Pasqual One Day International cricket player (1979) [139]
Rohan Jayasekera (cricketer) International cricket player (1982) [87]
Roshan Jurangpathy International cricket player (1985–1986) [87]
Jehan Mubarak International cricket player (2002–2015) [87]
Kushal Janith Perera International cricket player (2015–2016)
Mahesh Rodrigo First-class cricket player (1949–1952); international rugby player
Barney Henricus British Empire Games athlete – 1938 (boxing – featherweight class) gold medal
Alex Obeysekere British Empire Games athlete – 1950 (boxing – welterweight class) bronze medal
Niluka Karunaratne Olympic athlete2012 (badminton), Commonwealth Games athlete – 2014 (badminton) [140]
Ravi Jayewardene Olympic athlete1964 (50 metre rifle, prone), Commonwealth Games athlete [141]
Donald Rutnam Olympic athlete1924 Summer Olympics (tennis), Wimbledon Championships (1928–1938)

Engineers[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
E. O. E. Pereira Vice Chancellor University of Ceylon (1969–1971)
Kanagaratnam Sriskandan Chief Highway Engineer Department for Transport (UK) [142]
U. N. Gunasekera Civil engineer
Chandima Gomes Engineer, physicist, author

Legal[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Suhada Gamalath Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms
Nihal Jayawickrama Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Executive Director Transparency International [143]
Mohan Peiris Attorney General (2008–2011) [144][145]
C. R. De Silva Attorney General (2000–2008), Chairman Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission [146]
Shibly Aziz Attorney General (1995–1996), Chairman Civil Aviation Authority (2003–2005, 2015–present) [145]
Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Solicitor General (1892–1902), member of Legislative Council (1911–1921, 1924–1930), unofficial member of Legislative Council (1879–1892, 1922–1924) [4]
Sir Thomas Garvin Solicitor General (1915–1917), Puisne Justice (1924–1935)
Maas Thajoon Akbar Solicitor General (1925–1928), Puisne Justice [22]
T. S. Fernando Solicitor General (1952–1954), Puisne Justice (1956–?)
Mervyn Fonseka Solicitor General (1943–1945) [147]
Sinha Basnayake Director General Legal Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
John De Saram Director Office of the Legal Counsel, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, member of United Nations International Law Commission
Ranjit Abeysuriya Chairman National Police Commission (2002–?), Director Public Prosecutions Attorney General's Department, President of Sri Lankan Bar Association (1991–?) [127]
Harry Wilfred Jayewardene Chairman Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, member of United Nations Commission on Human Rights, President of Sri Lankan Bar Association [148]
Somasundaram Nadesan Member of Senate of Ceylon (1947–1971), President Bar Council
Herbert Sri Nissanka Member of Parliament for Kurunegala (1947–1954?)
Frederick Dornhorst First King's Counsel of Ceylon
Sam Kadirgamar Queen's Counsel [149]
Chula De Silva President's Counsel and Rhodes Scholar [150]
Gritakumar E. Chitty Registrar International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [151]

Architects[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Geoffrey Bawa Architect
Bevis Bawa Landscape architect
Oliver Weerasinghe Architect, town planner [59][60]
Valentine Gunasekara Architect
Raj Barr-Kumar National President of the American Institute of Architects (1997)

Medicine[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Sir Marcus Fernando Member of Legislative Council of Ceylon (1921–1931), first Consultant Physician Colombo General Hospital, Registrar Ceylon Medical College
E. M. Wijerama First President Ceylon College of Physicians, President Ceylon Medical Association
Richard Lionel Spittel Surgeon, author, president of the Ceylon Branch British Medical Association [152]
J. B. Peiris President of Sri Lanka College of Physicians, founder of the Institute of Neurology [153]
Saman Gunatilake Neurologist, Head of Department of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Professor of Medicine University of Sri Jayawardanapura, President Ceylon College of Physicians [115]
Sanath Lamabathusooriya Paediatrician, Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2002–2005)
Janaka de Silva Physician, President of Ceylon College of Physicians, Chairman National Research Council of Sri Lanka
Susirith Mendis Physician, Vice-Chancellor University of Ruhuna
Nalin Rodrigo Obstetrician, gynaecologist, surgeon, Medical Director Asha Central Hospital, Chairman Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital
U. S. Jayawickrama Endocrinologist, founder Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka
Surendra Ramachandran Nephrologist, founder of Sri Lanka's first Dialysis Unit, President of Ceylon College of Physicians
H. H. R. Samarasinghe Physician, medical administrator, president of Sri Lanka Medical Council
Charles Alwis Hewavitharana Physician, member University College Ceylon Council
Maiya Gunasekera Surgeon, President Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (1998–1999)
Rezvi Sheriff Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Physician first trained Nephrologist, President Sri Lanka Medical Council, Ceylon College of Physician, Founder National Institute Nephrology and Transplant Institute, Member Sri Lanka Medical Council

Media[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Charles Ambrose Lorensz Non-official member Legislative Council of Ceylon (1856–1864), founder/managing editor Ceylon Examiner
Vernon Corea Pioneer radio broadcaster/news director Radio Ceylon, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC
Leon Belleth Pioneer radio broadcaster Radio Ceylon, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
Livy Wijemanne Pioneer radio broadcaster Radio Ceylon, Chairman Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (1984–?) [154]
Ernest Corea Editor Ceylon Daily News/The Ceylon Observer, High Commissioner - Canada, Ambassador - United States, Cuba, Mexico
Mervyn de Silva Editor in Chief of Lake House/The Times of Ceylon, editor Ceylon Daily News [155]
Malinda Seneviratne Writer, poet, journalist [156]
Edmund de Livera Editor of The Times of Ceylon [157]
Dushy Ranetunge International journalist
Dinesh Weerawansa Editor in Chief of the Sunday Observer (2006–2014) [158]

Aviation[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
James Peter Obeyesekere III Member of Parliament for Attanagalla (1960–1965), first Ceylonese to fly solo from England to Ceylon (1946) [14]

Arts[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Richard Lionel Spittel Author [159]
James De Alwis 19th-century Sinhala poet, writer [24]
Phiroz Mehta Writer, lecturer
Carl Muller Author, poet, journalist
Brendon Gooneratne Author [121]
Shyam Selvadurai Author
Lucky de Chickera Author
Harold Peiris Artist, author, Sinhalese translator [160]
Rohan Joseph de Saram Orchestral conductor [161]
Lakshman Joseph de Saram Violinist, composer [162]
Ranidu Lankage Musician
Krishan Maheson Musician, singer
Dushyanth Weeraman Musician, actor
J. L. K. van Dort 19th-century painter [163]
Rukshan Perera Musician [164]

Activists[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Ajith C. S. Perera Disability rights activist, Chief Executive / Secretary-GeneralIdiriya (2016–present) [165]
Bala Tampoe General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union
Percy Wickremasekera General Secretary of the United Corporations and Mercantile Union
Kumar Ponnambalam Leader of All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Presidential candidate (1982)

Religion[edit]

Name Notability Reference(s)
Lakdasa De Mel First Bishop of Kurunegala (1950–1962), last Metropolitan Bishop of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon (1962–1970) [166]
Harold de Soysa First Ceylonese Bishop of Colombo (1964–1971)
Roger Herft Archbishop of Perth (2005–2016), Bishop of Newcastle (1993–2005), Bishop of Waikato (1986–1992)
Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera Chief Incumbent Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (1992–?) [113]
Lakshman Wickremasinghe Bishop of Kurunegala (1962–1983)
Cyril Abeynaike Bishop of Colombo (1971–1977)
Kenneth Fernando Bishop of Colombo (1992–2001)
Duleep De Chickera Anglican Bishop of Colombo (2001–2010)
Ivan Corea Rural Dean of Colombo
Francis Lorenz Beven Archdeacon of Jaffna (1925–1935), Archdeacon of Colombo (1935–1947) [167][168]
Neranjan 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 Royalists. These include:

References[edit]

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