Richard Morgan (Ceylonese judge)

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The Honourable Justice
Richard Morgan
13th Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
In office
1 January 1863 – 1876
Preceded by Henry Byerley Thompson
Succeeded by Richard Cayley
Personal details
Nationality Ceylonese (Sri Lankan)
Residence Whist Bungalow
Alma mater Royal College Colombo

Sir Richard F. Morgan was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) lawyer, who served as the 13th Queen's Advocate of Ceylon and acting Chief Justice of Ceylon. He was the first Asian in the British Empire to receive a Knighthood and first Ceylonese to be a member of the Governor's Executive Council and was an unofficial (Burgher) member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon. He was the Crown Advocate that prosecuted famed bandit Saradiel.[1]

Sir Richard was educated at the Colombo Academy.

Morgan was knighted in 1874, before being made acting Chief Justice of Ceylon, after E. S. Creasy had returned to England on sick leave.[2]

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  1. ^ Amerasinghe, A. Ranjit B (1986), The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka : the first 185 years, Sarvodaya Book Pub. Services, ISBN 978-955-599-000-4 
  2. ^ India and the East, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, 22 August 1874, p.2

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Byerley Thompson
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Richard Cayley