William Carpenter Rowe

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William Carpenter Rowe
10th Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
Appointed by Henry George Ward
Preceded by William Ogle Carr
Succeeded by Edward Shepherd Creasy
Personal details
Died 9 January 1860

Sir William Carpenter Rowe (c.1801 - 9 January 1860) was the tenth Chief Justice of Ceylon.

He was knighted in January, 1856 [1] The following February he was appointed Chief Justice of Ceylon to succeed William Ogle Carr. [1] He held the post until 1859 when he was succeeded in turn by Edward Shepherd Creasy.[2][3]

While resident in Ceylon he was elected the fourth President of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, serving from 1859 to 1860.[4]

He was married to Frances Elizabeth (nėe Storey) and lived whilst in Ceylon at The Lodge, Kandy, where they had one child. He died in 1860 and was buried at All Saints Church, Galle Fort, Ceylon, where his tombstone gives his death of death as 9 November 1859 and his age as 58.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "No. 6572". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 February 1856. p. 175. 
  2. ^ "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ John Ferguson (1996) [1887]. Ceylon in the Jubilee Year (Repr. ed.). Asian Educational Services. p. 254. ISBN 978-81-206-0963-1. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Past Presidents". Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "The burial Register and Cemetery". All Saints Church. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  6. ^ https://archive.org/stream/.../cu31924007648516_djvu.txt
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Ogle Carr
Chief Justice of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Edward Shepherd Creasy