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Sri Lanka Kandyan Sinhala Family Genealogy

RAMBUKPOTHA SENEVIRAJA - Family #3117

According to available official records, the full family name, in its general usage, and inclusive of the "Wasagama", the titular names and the honorifics will read as Rambukpotha Seneviratne. Family lore has it that the ancestors embarked from Tamralipiti with Theri Sanghamitta and arrived at Jambukola in Lanka as attendants to the Sacred Bodhi. Accordingly, they claim descent from the Maha Bodhi Nayaka clan of the Sakaya Vamsa. In keeping with this ancestral background, the vamsa nama and the kula nama of the Sakaya Vamsa Maha Bodhi Nayaka clan should precede the Vasagama and the Nila Nama.

Hence, the complete family name should read Sakaya Vamsa Maha Bodhinayaka Rambukpotha Seneviratna. This version of the family name appears in one record where the family scribes have identified one Rambukpotha Seneviraja of Prince Kumarasinha in the Uva circa 1638.

During the first quarter of the seventeenth century Uva, like Matale, was a Principality where Prince Kumarasinha, the Kings elder nephew ruled. The younger nephew of the King, Prince Vijayapala, had his seat of power at Godapola in the Maha Disawani of Matale. King Senarath had reserved the main seat of power at Kandy for his own son who was later enthroned as Rajasinha II. The mother of all three of them was Kusumasana Devi, alias Princess Dona Katharina, the daughter of the deposed former King Karaliyadde Bandara, the Queen who died on 20 July 1613.

After the death of King Senarath in 1635 AD, the power struggle between the three Princes ended up with the demise of Prince Kumarasinha; the fleeing of Prince Vijayapala to the Portuguese and the annexation of the Uva by Rajasinha II (1635-1687).

The Rambukpotha family of later years and traceable descent go as far back as the days of Prince Kumarasinha of Uva and claim descent from one Rambukpotha Seneviraja. He was probably one of the commanders of the Kings forces that Robert Knox refers to and could be one of those Chiefs who led the forces of Sinhale against the invading forces of the Portuguese Captain,Constantine de Sa, in 1630 and defeated them in the battle fields of Randeniwela. In all probability he is the same Rambukpota Seneviraja from the Wasagama of Rambukpotha in Badulla who was the Rate Adikaram of Uva and Disawa of Matara in the year 1630. He was probably trhe same "Rampot" Maha Disawa of Uva from 1650-1656, who Paul E Pieris in his work "The Dutch Power in Ceylon 1602-1670" refers to as the "Rampot Adikaram" of Matara c1649. The only preceding ancestor of this "Rampot" Rate Adikaram of Uva, on record, is the Rambukpotha Hetaprenage Muhamdiram of 1563 which reference is found in the work "The Chieftans of Ceylon" by J C Van Sanden.

There is a story related by the Rambukpotha family about how their ancestors forced the Dutch Prisoners of war to rebuild the famous Rambukpotha Maha Walauwa, the ancestral Manor House of the family, after it was demolished and burnt to the ground by the Colonial Dutch army during an incursion at Bibilegama. The building stands on a land known as Maha Walauwa Watta located in Rilpola Korale of the Yatikinda Division in the District of Badulla. Waluwa Wata is a piece of land about 3 acres in extent and is bounded on the East by the "Battawatte Kandura" (ravine of Battawatta) and on the northern side by a larege stone fence that borders the "Rambukpotha Vihara" premises which too belonged to the same family.

The vengeful rebuilder of the Rambukpotha Maha Walauwa, in contemporary fashion, should be Rambukpotha Seneviratna Mudaliyar of 1740 AD, who, in all probability, was the grandson of Rambukpotha "Rampot" Rate Adikaram, the Maha Disawa of Uva from 1650-1665, and Disawa of Matara in 1649, during the reign of King Rajasinha II.

Members of the family of Rambukpotha Seneviraja, hailing from Uda Dumbara, loyal and faithful to the dynnasty of Vimaladharmasuriya I (1594-1605) were chosen among a few others from equally influential and trustworthy families, to safeguard the provinces of Uda and Patha Dumbara, Tamankaduwa, Uva, Wellassa, Bintenne and even Matara, he North Eastern and South Eastern lands of the Kandyan Kingdom. Such chices created a warant of security which lasted up to the reign f King Veera Parakrama Narendra Sinha 1707-1737 when the balance of power gradually began to tilt in favor of the Chiefs and the inhabitants of Palle Gampaha from that of Uda Gampaha. The family from the village of Rambukpotha in Dumbara, like the "Galagoda" Family from Hewavissa Korala in lower Hewaheta, sent to Uva by dependant Kings to safeguard a territory so vital, necessirily had to settle down in a village close to the provincial capital of Badulla. The village they settled down in Uva proper keeping with local tradition came to bear the village name of the settlers. This village name, "Rambukpotha" is found two miles away on the Badulla-Passara Road. An Ola Sannasa or a Royal Grant dated Saka 1688 in the month of Bak, April-May in the Year AD 1767, given by King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe, 1747-1782, gifting an extent of 158 Amunams (largest Sinhala unit if Sinhalese Wetland Surface Measure) of land to a lady of the Rambukpota Family identifies the grantee as Rambukpotha Seneviratna Mudaliyar Doniyandewena, Wasanahamy Ethana. This grant has been done for her recognition fr her faithful services as a lady in waiting to the Queen. "PalleMaha Wasalata pakshapathawa sondasithin dukgenna sitina nisaa" Wasanahamy Ethana, the daughter of Rambukpotha Seneviratna Mudaliyar of 1740 by virtue of this Grant received lands in the villages of Rambukpotha, Bogoda, Madugastalawe, Morahera, Mediwaka, Mettigahatanne, Wellawaya, and in the town of Badulla, to name a few locations as a result of having large land grants outside Uda Dumbara, members of the succeeding generations of the Rambukpotha family naturally had to go toi Uva and Sabaragamuwa, occupy these lands, live in places like Morahela and establish much contact with the leading families of Uva and Sabaragamuwa. In such circumstances, the family got dispersed and the descendants of the variuous branches came to possess lands in far off places. Some of these are retained by them even at the dawn of the new Millenium.

Rambukpotha

0  Rambukpotha Maha Disawa of Matara (Rampot) in 1630 & 1649, Maha Disawa of Uva from 1650-1656

1  Rambukpotha Rate Mahatmaya (Adikaram) Seneviratne Mudaliyar of 1740, d:1822, Superintendent of the Royal Villages of Badulla, Sulu or Rate Adikaram in Uva (Referred to as Rambukpotha Seneviratne Adikar by J C Van Sanden in his book "Chieftains of Ceylon"), Was officiating under Helepola 'Jayatilleke Loku Disawa', the Maha Disawa of Uva, by 1803. Also known as Mirahawatta Mohottala and Mirahawatta Lekam in 1815. Was the Kankanama of the Hetapana (Sitapanage) or the Headman of the Royal Bed Chamber of King Sri Vikrama, and he was also the Kuruwe Lekam , the Chief of the Department in charge of capturing Elephants from 1815-1818. He was the last of the Kandyan Chiefs to hold this office having being reappointed by Governor Brownrigg in the interval. Was not court martialed or executed after surrendering to the British in 1817. + Dimbulana Menika from the Dimbulana family of Uva hailing from the Village of Mirahawatte situated within the Dambawinna Palatha of ancient Udukinda-Korale in Uva

    2  Kattekelle Rambukpotha Mohottala, Disawa Mohottala by the year 1816. Led the freedom fighters against the British even after his father and younger brother had surrendered in 1817. Captured at Digulana by the people of Magam Pattu from the adjoining District of Hambantota in Lower Uva on Jan 24 1890, where he was found alone and lame many months later. Three months later a court martial sentenced him to death. However, Governor Brownrigg proposed to banish him for life. + Kattekelle Kumarihamy, resided at her home (whose brothers were referred to as Kattekelle Mohottala's by the British)

        3  Rambukpotha Kattakelle Mohottala, Panawe Disawa (Disawa of Panam Pattu) who actively supported the freedom fighters against the British.

    2  Rambukpotha Seneviratne, Disawa Mohottala by the year 1816, surrendered to the Britsih with his father at Tuppitiya on July 22 1817 two days afer Dambawinne's call to his followers. Disawani of Oya and Horantota Palatha. Lived in the vilage of Rambukpotha. Sulu Disawa for Oya and Sorantota Palatha of Yatikinda from 1819-1829 and Superintendent of the Royal Villages therein. Sulu Disawe of Polwatte, Pattipola and Wellassa from 1822-1829. In 1830 the Pelwatte part of Wellassa was added to his Disawa and he remained Sulu Disawa until 1845. Bogoda and Rilpola Korales were added to his Disawani between 1835 and 1845. Continued as Sulu Disawa of Badulu Pandu, Sonrantota Palatha, Ripola, Bogoda, Oya Palatha, Passara Korale, and Pattipola Korale until his death. Succeeded his father as Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale from about the year 1823. Died 1852 + Wariyagama Kumarihamy (sister of Wariyagama Atapattu Nilame from Nava Yodun Korale in Sabaragamuwa) and the family was in Passaramulla in Kadawatu Korala near Morahela in Uduwagampattu where the Rambukpotha had Royal Grants by way of the Sannasa.

        3  Rambukpotha Seneviratne Mudiyanselage (Nilamelage) Loku Bandara, steady and dutiful young man, succeeded his father as Rate Mahatmaya of Badulla Pangu, Sorantota Palatha, Ripola, Bogoda, Oya Palatha, Passara Korale and Pattipola Korale from 1852-1855. Held office of Rate Mahatmaya of the Yatikinda Division of Uva from 1856-1862. + Delgoda Kumarihamy 1* (from the family of Delgoda Wijetunge Atapattu Mudiyanse Mohottalahamy, brother in law of Elapata Jayatilleke Gunaratne Tennekoon Mudiyanse Rala of Sabaragamuwa 1802-1805). Lived at Maha Walauwa at Rambukpotha

            4  Loku Bandara Rambukpotha alias James Alexander Christopher Rambukpotha (Snr), President Village Tribunal at Pelmadulla and came to be addressed as Rambukpotha "Sabahpathi Thuma" by the commoner and as Rambukpotha President by friends and relatives + Iddmalgoda Kumarihamy (formerly married to Eknaligoda Nilame from Eknaligoda Walauwa in Kuruwita Korale Udapalatha of Sabaragamuwa, possibly the grandson or grand nephew of Eknaligoda Mahipala Akrakuruppu Wickremasinha Basanayake Mudiyanse, who was Sulu Disawa of Kuruwita Korale up to 1822. She had a daughter from her first marriage who was named Eknaligoda Kumarihamy and was adopted by JAC Rambukpotha)

                5  Rambukpotha Eknaligoda Kumarihamy aka Rambukpotha Loku Menike Kumarihamy (Alice) - adopted + E A Elapata Disawa (oldest son of Elapata Rate Mahatmaya)

                    6  Florence Elapata + D J S 'Mike' Illangakoon

                    6  Millicent Elapata + G B Katugaha b:15-Mar-1892 (3115)

                        7  [22] Upali Katugaha (adopted, biological son of SAI Elapata & Sumedha Rambukpotha Kumarihamy)

                        7  H I E Katugaha alias Dr Indraka, b:1936, commenced education at Uva College, Badulla and continued at St Thomas' College Mt Lavinia. Left school in 1956 and subsequently entered the Ceylon Medical College and passed out in 1963 as the first Katugaha male to be a medical practitioner. Practised in Badulla and subsequently carried on his profession at his private dispensary in Kandy. Great wild life enthusiast like his maternal uncle spends much of his leisure in the National Parks around the country. + Dr Lalitha. Live at their residence at Ampitiya in Kandy.

                            8  daughter

                            8  daughter

 

                    6  Stella Elapata + Cecil Goonesekera

                    6  [21]  S A I Elapata alias Sam Elapata Snr (Rate Mahatmaya and Hon Disawa Atakalan Korale) + [20] Sumedha Rambukpota Elapatha Kumarihamy, b:1900, (d/o J A Rambukpotha alias "Rambukpotha Kuruwita Korale Mahatmaya" who was later a Rate Mahatmaya)

                         7  [22] Upali Katugaha, adopted by Gunadasa (Kuda) Bandara Katugaha, GB, b:15-Mar-1892 & Millie Elapata Kumarihamy, d/o E A Elapata & Iddamalgoda Eknaligoda Rambukpotha Kumarihamy (3115)

 

                    6  R E Elapata + Ruby Sudharma Dimbulana Kumarihamy (d/o G C Dimbulana & Katugaha Kumarihamy)

 

                5  Somawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Robert Dassenaike, lived at Iddamalgoda Walauwa at Getaheta, which is between Kuruwita and Avissawella

                    6  Clifton Dassenaike

                    6  Seeta Dassenaike

                    6  Arthur Dassenaike

                    6  Myrtle Dassenaike

                    6  Aileen Dassenaike

                    6  Gladys Dassenaike

                    6  Noel Dassenaike

                    6  Linton Dassenaike

                    6  Nanda Dassenaike

 

                5  Leelawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, circa 1940 + George R De Silva of Green Lodge, Skinners Road, Kotahena, Colombo 13

                    6  George R de Silva (Jnr)

                    6  Irene de Dilva + Copleston Dias Bandaranaike (s/o William Chapman Dias Bandaranaike & Leelawathie Asmadale Kumarihamy)

                        7  Lakshman Dias Bandaranaike, Deputy Legal Draftsman

                        7  Tissa Dias Bandaranaike, Chief Justice and Ambassador to Indonesia

                        7  Leela Dias Bandaranaike + Christopher E Pieris

 

            4  Madduma Bandara Rambukpotha alais M B Rambukpotha, succeeded to the office of his fathers younger brother and was Rate Mahatmaya of Buttala from 1886-1890. The area included the subdivisions of Kandukara, Buttala Vedirata and Kandapale Korales. Was appointed Rate Mahatmaya of Viyaluwa. + Molamure Kumarihamy, daughter of Molamure Korala Mahatmaya who was later the Rate Mahatmaya of Atakalan Korale

                5  James Alexander Rambukpotha aka Rambukpotha Kuruwita Korale Mahatmaya, b:28 Oct 1877 at Badulla. entered Trinity College on 18 July 1888 as a nine year old boy to be the 690th student of the College. Completed his public school education at St Thomas' College Mt Lavinia and took to cricket and played for the College XI from 1894-1897. Commenced public life as a clerk at the Kachcheri in Ratnapura and became Korale Mahatmaya of Talapitigampathu of Kadawathu Korale in 1900. Later, in state service he officiated in Kandy and Kegalle as Rate Mahatmaya and had retired before 1940. Was knon as Rambukpotha Kurivita Rate Mahatmaya. Also known by his family as Kuruvita Korala Mahatmaya. + Roslyn Molamure Kumarihamy daughter of James Christopher Molamure, Police Magistrate Gampola, oldest sister of Arthur Molamure (first cousins of Sir Francis Molamure, Speaker of the first Parliament of Ceylon. The only daughter of Sir Francis & his wife Adeline Meedeniya Kumarihamy is Seetha Molamure married to JLD Seneviratne) and niece of Senior Molamure Kumarihamy who had married Madduma Bandara Rambukpotha

                    6  S J Rambukpotha alias Sydney, Trinity College Kandy, 3438th student in 1910. Completed education at STC Mt Lavinia was later ordained as Ven Rambukpotha Moraheladambadinna and succeeded his paternal uncle Ven Rambukpotha Pragnasara as the Head Priest of Seneviratne Mudalindaramaya, the family Temple at Badulla. Disrobed after the demise of his father.

                    6  Wimala Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Reginald Dias Bandaranaike

                        7  Kavan Dias Bandaranaike

                    6  2nd spouse of Wimala Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Tissa Amaunugama from Thalagodapitiya, a village close to the town of Kurunegala

                        7  Luksitha Amunugama (foster son of Tissa)

                    6  [20] Sumedha Rambukpota Elapatha Kumarihamy, b:1900 + [21] S A I "Sam" Elapata Snr (Rate Mahatmaya of Kolonne Korale and Hon Disawa of Sabaragamuwa), son of Eknaligoda Rambukpotha Loku Menike Kumarihamy alias Alice & A E Elapata.

                        7  S A I Elapata (Jnr)

                        7  E J I Elapata

                        7  [22] Upali Katugaha, adopted by Gunadasa (Kuda) Bandara Katugaha, GB, b:15-Mar-1892 & Millie Elapata Kumarihamy, d/o E A Elapata & Iddamalgoda Eknaligoda Rambukpotha Kumarihamy (3115)

                        7  Elaine Elapata

 

                    6  James Alexander Rambukpotha (Jnr) alias Bob, entered the clergy but passed away when he was only 17 years old.

                    6  Percieval Rambukpotha, b:circa 1904, d: 6-Nov-1971, Trinity College Kandy, 3446th student in 1910. Played cricket for Trinity College Kandy in 1920 and STC Mt Lavinia in 1921 and 1922. + Myrtle Ratwatte Kumarihamy of Galagedera in Harispattuwa, d:24-Jun-1998, eldest daughter of P B Ratwatte of Gunapana & his secobd wife Bulankulame Kumarihamy. Myrtle was the half sister of Clarice and Basil Ratwatte. PB was the brother of William, TB, MB, Alfred and Henry Ratwatte of Sirimal Watte in UdaGampaha Korale Lower Dumbara. Percy lived in Colombo and settled down later at Pannala in the seven Korales where his father owned lands.

                        7  Swarna Rambukpotha

                        7  Ranee Rambukpotha

                        7  Sriyani Rambukpotha

                        7  Jaliya Rambukpotha

 

                5  James George Rambukpotha, b:1885, entered Trinity College as an 8 year old on 18 Jan 1893 as the 1,151st student of the College. Rate Mahatmaya of Buttala + Hilda Dullewe Kumarihamy, daughter of William Dullewe & Ratwatte Kumarihamy of Sirimal Watte in Patha Dumbara (3060)

                    6  Hector George Rambukpotha, student of STC Mt Lavinia, played cricket and served with the Social Services Department at Badulla + Girtie Dimbulana Kumarihamy, lived at the Walauwa built by his father J G Rambukpotha

                        7  Asoka Rambukpotha* (adopted by Sunethra Rambukpotha Kumarihamy & Colin Madugalle - see below)

                        7  Ranjith Rambukpotha

                        7  Sunil Rambukpotha

                        7  Shiromi Rambukpotha + Siriwardene

                        7  Vasani Rambukpotha + Heenatigala

                    6  Sunethra alias Meththa Rambukpotha Madugalle Kumarihamy, b:1917, d:2002 + C B Colin Madugalle Divisional Revenue Officer, eldest son of William Bandara Madugalkle Rate Mahatmaya of Bintenne(3116)

                        7  Asoka Rambukpotha* (biological child of Hector George Rambukpotha & Girtie Dimbulana Kumarihamy, adopted by Sunethra & Colin)

                    6  Prabaha Rambukpotha + Madanayake of Kotahena

                    6  Damayanthi Rambukpotha + Lou Wijewardene, Colombo

 

                5  Leelawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, died at childbirth + Robert Paranagama of Paranagama Walauwa Udapalatha Korale Tumpanna, second son of J R Paranagama who was the Hon Dissawa of Uva and later interpreter Mudaliyar at the Kandy Kachcheri. (3060)

 

                5  Anulawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Seneviratne Banda Dimbula of Uva and had no issue

 

            4  Kuda Bandara Rambukpotha alias K B Rambukpotha, b:circa 1848, d:1906 at a residence belonging to the Panabokke family on Trincomalee Street. Was popularly known as Rambukpotha Hewaheta Rate Mahatmaya. Korale Mahatmaya of Pattekola Korale in 1885 and resident at Mediwela Walauwa. Also known as Rambukpotha Pateepola Mahatmaya among the village folk. By 1900 he was Rate mahatmaya of Uda Hewaheta and residing at Attanakumbura, a village in PalleGampaha of Mathurata, and addressed as Rambukpotha Attanakumbura Rate Mahatmaya on rare occasions. + Mampitiya Rambukpotha Loku Kumarihamy, youngest sister of Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disawa of Yatinuwara and the older daughter of Mampitiya Amurthastha Navaratne Wickremasinghe Senanayake Pandithawahala Mudiyanse alias Mampitiya Ranawana Rate Mahatmaya & Giragama Kumarihamy (daughter of Kuda Mudiyanse Giragama, the Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa from 1882-1897) This was the first marriage of a male from the Rambukpotha family outside the provinces of Uva and Sabaragamuwa.

                5  [1] Rupawathy Rambukpotha Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:1894, d:22 Apr 1964, attended Clarence Memorial School as a five year old in 1900, 46th student, (later Hillwood College Kandy), the premier ladies school that was established by the earliest missionaries of the Zenana Missionary Society of The Church of England. The school was started in 1890 by Ms Elizabeth Bellerby and Ms Ethel James and was exclusively meant to provide English Education to the young ladies from the Kandyan Gentry. Many years earlier the Church Missionary Society of England had founded a College for the education for the sons of Kandyan Chieftains and it had been named The Kandy Collegiate School in 1872 and later renamed to Trinity College in 1876 by which name it still functions today, in the year 2006. She left Hullwood College on 24 Oct 1910 having seen her second sister Seelawathie also enter the school three years earlier on 12 Nov 1907 as its 115th student. Her contemporaries at Hillwood were Nandu Menika Rambukwella, Muriel Kapuwatte, Maria Keppetipola, Dorothy, Ethel, & Alice Paranagama, Amelia Madugalle, Daisy Dunuwila, Damayantha Panabokke, Seela, Magantha, & Suja Aluvihare, Manthri Bibile and Suja Dullewe.  Lived at Ranawana Walauwa with her widowed mother and siblings after the demise of her father. Later she moved to Giragama Walauwa, the residences of her maternal uncle, the late Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disawa of Yatinuwara. It was at this Walauwa that she married her paternal first cousin later in he same year. She spent the early part of her married life at her husbands residence at Katugaha Walauwa which was a sprawling mansion at Puwakgodamulla within the town of Badulla. Later she moved to Lewwe Walauwa, another large country residence built by her husband in the village of Katugaha on Lewwegoda Estate in close proximity to the Katugaha Maha Walauwa. She occupied both residences based on her conveniences and also accomodated her ageing mother, Mampitiya Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, with her most of the time. Small in stature, but extremely fair in complexion, with a round face and thinning head of curly grey hair she resembled he late Queen Victoria of England in many ways. Her own children and her three nephews used to call her by that name whenever they would banter. A Queen she was to all of the family right through her life until her rather early demise which took place in Kandy in 1964. + [2] Heen (Loku) Bandara Katugaha, b:circa 1886, d:4-Mar-1946, attended Trinity College, Kandy (1731st student on 4 Oct 1897 when Rev H P Napier-Clavering was Principal), appointed in 1913 as Rate Mahatmaya of Yatikinda and by 1924 was the chief resident of the 'Katugaha Walauwa' in Mahawelagama Badulla, which by then bore the assessment number 116 Mahiyangana Road, Badulla. By the early 1940's he had developed and grown a tea estate of 50 odd acres in the village of Katugaha which became to be known as "Lewwegoda Estate" in later years. He also built a new residence on the same property. This sprawling counntry house was known as "Gal Walauwa" by the common folk due to its extensive coarse masonry exterior rubble walls. For the rest of their lives they made sure that their two residences were "open house" to all their relatives, very specially to the three young nephews of his wife. in 1910 (3115)

                    6  [3] Amitha Katugaha Weragama Kumarihamy, b:1911, d:1986 after a prolonged illness, yet always cheerful up to her last, schooled at Hillwood College, Kandy and St Bridgets College, Colombo, Piano student, Royal College of Music London + Harold Weragama, m:1933 (son of Weragama Korale Nilame & Ellawala Kumarihamy of Uduniriella of Ratnapura)

                        7  [4] Ayoma Weragama

                        7  [5] Nalini Weragama

                        7  [6] Susantha Weragama

                        7  [7] Asela Weragama

                        7  [8] Senaka Weragama

                        7  [9] Sunitha Weragama

 

                    6  [10] Swarnalatha Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:1918, d:1987, schooled at Hillwood College, Kandy + Francis Leonard Jayasundera alias Lennie Jayasundera, d:1971 (ex St Thomas' College, third son of Everard Jayasundera Rate Mahatmaya of Jayasundera Walauwa in Polgahawela)

                        7  Asoka Jayasundera alias "Bill Lawrie", b:1943, educated at St Thomas' College Gurutalawa + Kanthi Perera of Bandarawela (domiciled in Canada)

 

                    6  [11] Subadra Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:15-Oct-1918 at Katugaha Walauwa in Mahawelagama, Badulla. Educated at Hillowood College, Kandy. + J C Molagoda (eldest son of Walter Molagoda & Sujatha Panabokke Molagoda Kumarihamy of Molagoda Walauwa "Green Hurst" at Pondeniya, Katugastota). Lived at Hewaheta.

 

                    6  [11] 2nd spouse of Subadra Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:15-Oct-1918, d:14-Jan-1991 at Kalutara + Bertie Wettewe of Wettewa Walauwa of Udapalatha Korala in Tumpanne (captained the first eleven cricket team of St Anthony's College, Katugastota and was attached to the Department of Social Services and stationed at Ibbagamuwa near Kurunegala. Retired prematurely from Govt Service and supervised the work of Lewwegoda Estate, Pattiyagedera, Bandarawela, for some time and then went on to pursue agriculture on his wife's properties at Wellawaya)

                        7  [12] Gamini Wettewe (hospitality trade)

 

                    6  [13] Vernon alias Kuda Banda Katugaha, b:Jun-21-1921, d:1986 (after a brief illness), educated at Trinity College, Kandy from Jan 1930 and June 1940 as a second generation student from the family during the principal-ship of Rev J McCleod Campbell. He left school when Rev Dr W Stopford was Principal. Qualified at the London Matriculation Examination and represented his house Allison at Rugby Football. Was a very efficient member of the College Scout Troop. Left school from the 6th Form and joined the Tea Planting fraternity of the Colonial era where the English and the Scottish planter held sway. Commenced training at Neluwa Estate, Hali Ela, on 1 Aug 1922 under Superintendent A L Dodd and completed his training at Telbadde Estate Badulla. Asst Suptd at Talawela and Niriwatte Estates in Ratnapura, Golinda Group at Kegalle, and Suptd and Manager at Drayton Estate Kotagala, Hathbawa Estate Rambukanna, and Calsay Estate Nanu Oya, until his retirement in 1962. Thereafter he was acting Suptd at Blackwood Estate Haputale, Ratnavale Estate Passara, Shakerley Estate Mawatagama, and Rye Estate Balangoda until he was appointed as Senior Management Officer (Regional) at "Usawasama" from 1972 to 1977 before he finally retired at the age of 56 in 1977. + Sanghamithra Muttetuwegama Kumarihamy, d/o E J Muttetuwegama (Snr), Asst Superintendent of Police & Myrtle Dassanayake Muttetuwegama Kumarihamy (granddaughter of JAC Rambukpotha) on 3 Dec 1951. Lived at Barnes Place Mount Lavinia during his retirement.

                        7  [14] Bishan Katugaha, b:9-Mar-1953

                        7  [15] Mahesh Katugaha, b:24-Nov-1955

                        7  [16] Ravi Katugaha, b:16-Feb-1957

 

                    6  [17] Bandaranaike Herath Mudiyanselage Prabhawathie Manel Katugaha Paranagama Kumarihamy, b:17-May-1930, at Giriyagama Walauwa at Yatinuwara, residence of her maternal uncle Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disava, d:5-Sep-1957 died of childbirth at the age of 26. Kindergarten education at St Ursula's Convent Badulla up to 1938, the Covent of Child Jesus Ratnapura up to 1942, and then schooled at Visakha Vidyalaya Bandarawela up to Junior School Certificate Class, and then joined  St Bridgets College, Colombo toi complete her SSC in 1950 + [2]  A Reggie Paranagama (second son of Charles Paranagam of Tumpane & Nanda Katugaha Kumarihamy) Lived on Brandenburgh Estate, Bandarawela (3060)

                        7  [18] Rohan Salinda Paranagama

                        7  [19] Thissila Jayaliya Paranagama

 

                5  Seelawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, b:Aug-3-1903 at Attanakumbura, Mathurata. m:1937, d;Sep 1988 in Kandy. Educated at Hillwood College Kandy. 115th student entering on 12 Nov 1907. Did not continue her education at Hillwood and spent her late teens and her youth with her mother at her  maternal uncles residence at Giriyagama Walauwa at Alakolanga in Pilimatalawa. She attended to much of the official and private work of her ailing maternal uncle Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disawa of Yatinuwara. This period enabled her to gather more from the lives and experiences with her relatives and associates in the Central Province much more than her older sister and her three brothers, who spent most of their adult life in Uva. Her mother spent most of her adult life with her older daughter in Badulla after the demise of her only brother in 1937 which required her to manage whatever properties that belonged to her mother. This enabled her to have many visits from the retinue of the late Disawa. + George Madugalle (second son of Punchi Bandara Madugalle of Uda Dumbara & Anulawathie Nugawela Madugalle Kumarihamy). The marriage took place at her maternal uncles residence, the Giragama Walauwa, in 1937. She went to live at her husbands home, The Madugalle Walauwa, in Udispattuwa Uda Dumbara, for a short period. They also spent sometime at Godakawela and Godigamuwa in Sabaragamuwa where George was stationed as a Government Servant. Moved to their new home dring their retirement at Batarantanne in the suburbs of Kandy in 1956. (3116)

                    6  Sunil Madugalle

 

                5  Sumithra Rambukpotha Kumarihamy alias "Eeba" Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, b:1904. Educated at Hillwood College, Kandy and lived with her mother at Girigama Walauwa at Pilimatalawa, her maternal uncles residence. Gained wide experience in paddy cultivation during her long stay at her paternal uncles residence. + W B Hulangamuwa Korale Mahatmaya of Kahande Walauwa Weregama Kaikawala in Matale.

 

                5  2nd spouse of Sumithra Rambukpotha Kumarihamy alias "Eeba" Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, b:1904, lives at Kotugodella Veediya Kandy (as of the year 2004) + William Bandara Doratiyawe Nilame also of Matale, b:31-Dec-1914, proprietary planter, and lived in their Walauwa at Weregama in Kaikawela Matale.

                    6  Sunanda Doratiyawe Kumarihamy, educated at Hillwood College + Patrick Panabokke (youngest son of P B Panabokke & Maralande Kumarihamy)

 

                5  Swarnalatha Rambukpotha Molamure Kumarihamy (Iddamalgoda Rambukpotha Kumarihamy) + A H E Molamure (Snr) alias Arthur, Police Magistrate

                    6  Prini Molamure + Paules Edward Peiris Deraniyagala 1900-1976 Director Museum, (Scientist,Zoologist), great grandson of Johan Louis Pieris Siriwardena Atapattu of Siyana Korale and eldest son of Sir Paulus Edward Pieris & Lady Hilda Obeysekera Pieris. Married on 28 Jun 1934 (1005)

                        7  Paulus Arjun Mayadun Deraniyagala

                        7  Ranil Yudisthira Deraniyaga

                        7  Siran Upendra Deraniyagala

                        7  Isanth Deraniyagala

 

                    6  A H E Molamure (Jnr) alias "Huppy" Molamure, District Judge at Polonnaruwa at the time of his demise. Used to take up a few cases at the Kandy Courts and would come up regularly to Kandy to stay over with his favorite Kuda Amma (mother of Sunil Madugalle). Was very fond of family ties, for, he would sit at Kuda Amma's feet for long hours and get her to relate many a story about blood relationships and family histories. Lived mostly at "Price Walauwa" in Kegalle. Connoiseur par excellence of Kandyan and Sabaragamuwa dance forms.

                    6  J C E Molamure alias "Buwa" Molamure

                    6  W A E Molamure alias "Bunny" Molamure

                    6  D A E Molamure alias "Kalu" Molamure

                    6  A F E Molamure "Chikka" Molamure

 

                5  Kuda Bandara Rambukpotha alias Victor Rambukpotha, b:29 Nov 1896, d:1947, was educated at Uva College, Badulla where he had an excellent academic record and carried away almost every prize awarded at the College. Absorbed into the Colonial Public Service and popularly known as Sabahapathy Thuma he was President of Village Tribunals "Rural Courts" at Wellassa and Bintenne and lived a rather carefree life. In an age where motor cars were considered a luxury he was the owner of a rare two seater model Morris Tourer bearing registration Number X 9419. He was the acting Rate Mahatmaya of Wellassa filling the vacancy created by the demise of William Bibile Rate Mahatmaya. + Sisilawathie Alias Hema Weragama Kumarihamy, b:6 Jan 1919 to the Kahande branch of the Weragama family in Matale, d:20 July 1991, m:Jan 1937. The brides father was residing at Galagedera in Uda Palatha Tumpanne. Spent a few years at her paternal residence in Galagedara after the death of her husband in order to be close to her school going twin children. In later years she went on to live with her sons at their Walauwa in Rambukpotha. She was an expert in every form of Kandyan cookery and confectionary. Always laid a splendid meal for her friends and family who visited her at any time day or night. Was always sought by her family on the occasion of alms giving on account of her culinary skills.

                    6  Heen Bandara Rambukpotha alias Anton (twins), b:26 Nov 1937, d:27 Aug 1977, the twin brothers attended Uva College prior to the demise of the father and later became hostellers at St Anthony's College, Katugastota. Had the extraordinary hobby of collecting cricket pictures and boasted of a voluminous collection comprising W G Grace of England, Victor Trumper, the great 'Don' from Australia and the famed three "W" of the West Indies. Both played cricket for St Anthony's College during the seasons of 1955, 56, & 57. Anton was awarded the coveted Eagle by the College for his cricketing skills. He entered the University of Ceylon Peradeniya and obtained his degree, Upper Second Class, with the subject of history as his specialty. He was attached to the Department of History at the Peradeniya University in 1964 before he joined the parallel depart,ment at the University of Vidyodya in July 1967, After his postgraduate studies and his MA from the University of Sydney in Australia. Director and Secretary of the Land Reforms Commission. + Chitrani Perera, No issue

                    6  Tikiri Bandara Rambukpotha alias Brian (twins), b:27 Nov 1937, joined the planting fraternity for a short spell. Was a very active member and the Secretary of the Uva District Cricket Association for 12 years from 1963-1975. + Kanthi Halangoda, daughter of Reggie Halangoda of Pethigethanne Walauwa in Balalle Pahatha Dumbara. The family lived at the Walauwa built by Albert Rambukpotha in Badulla and on several estate bungalows in Ratnapura and Uda Dumbara until they finally settled down at their private residence in Watapuluwa in Kandy.

                        7  Samudra Rambukpotha

                        7  Arjuna Rambukpotha

                        7  Sanjiva Rambukpotha

 

                5  Madduma Bandara Rambukpotha alias Bennie Rambukpotha, b:circa 1904, he Inherited some of the spirited characteristics of his grand uncle and lived mostly away from the rest of the family in Uva and his immediate maternal relatives in Yatinuwara. His fancy for the new and the flair was to decide his fate. A visit to a performance to a Singaporean Circus in Colombo ended up with an irresistible fascination for a female trapeze artist who successfully lured him to follow her to Singapore. He set sail to Singapore without the knowledge of any one of the family, but did not fail to leave a small note to his elder sister, Rupawathy, indicating his whereabouts. Having returned to Ceylon he could not be persuaded to stay back and amidst much counseling and tears from his mother and elder sisters, Rupawathy, Seelawathy and Sumithra, went back to marry the trapeze artist, a Singaporean national of Chinese origin who subsequently bore him two daughters.

 

He was successfully employed by the owners f the Caxton Press of Kuala Lumpur in the Federation of Malay States. Later he became a sub-editor of the Singapore Times. He made his last visit to his family on the occasion of the wedding of his second sister, Seelawathy Rambukpotha, in 1937. Returning to Singapore in early 1938 and living at his residence in Wilkie Road in Singapore, he and his family were victims of te infamous fall of Singapore during the Second World War. During the Japanese occupation he and his family were in internment, and the last news to reach his family in Ceylon was a telegram to his mother stating that Bennie Rambukpotha had died at a Military Hospital in Singapore during the early months of Japanese Occupation. Every effort to trace his wife or the two daughters has drawn a blank to this day.

 

Was the first of the family to leave the shores of Ceylon and also marry a non National.

                    6  daughter

                    6  daughter

 

                5  Punchi Bandara Rambukpotha alias Budhhadhasa Rambukpotha, b:14-Feb-1906 in Uda Hewaheta. d:24 Jun 1980 at Badulla. Lost his father when he was less than a year old. Depended on his mother and maternal uncle, Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disawa, for his early life education. He was found suitable to be ordained and sent under the tutelage of the Head Priest of the Urapola Viharaya in Meda Palatha Yatinuwara, and subsequently under the Head Priest of the Haramaitagala Dheerananda Pirivena in Alakolanga, which is very close to the Giragama Walauwa in Yatinuwara. Later he studied under Ven Rambukwella Siddhartha, the distinqguished scholar Monk who was a lecturer at the University of Ceylon and Senior Resident Monk at the Pirivena at Maligakande. Having completed his Monastich education and Vidyodya Pirivena, Maradana, he was ordained Ven Rambukpotha Bodhiseeha in the order of the Siyam Maha Nikaya (Siamese Sect). In 1935 he was required to succeed his paternal uncle, The Most Ven Rambukpotha Pragnasara, as the Head Priest of Seneviratne Mudalindaramaya, the family Temple at Rambukpotha in Badulla. It would be interesting to note that although all three members of the Rambukpotha family, Rambukpotha Pragnasara, Rambukpotha (Morahela) Dhammadinna, & Rambukpotha Bodhiseeha, were ordained as Monks of the Aiyam Nikaya (Siamese Sect), due to the predominance of the Amarapura Nikaya in Uva during their times, the last tow Monks of the family had to affiliate themselves to the Uva Amarapura Nikaya (Burmese Sect) by way of two separate investitures. Rambukpotha Bodhiseeha was admittedc to the Amarapura Nikaa of Uva on 11 July 1935. The Chief Priest of the Sect in Uva at that time was he Most Ven Maussagolle Ratnapalabidhana Maya Nayake Unvahanse. Ven Bodhiseeha was elevated to the position of the Most Ven Mahanayake of the Amarapura Sasana of Uva on 22 Apr 1978.

 

            4  [23] Punchi Bandara Rambukpotha alias P B Rambukpotha, b:8-Jun-1860, Wellawaya Rate Mahatmaya 1919. Lived throughout his life at the ancestral Walauwa at Rambukpotha while he took temporary residence at Wellawaya when on duty. + Charlotte Elizabeth Taldene Kumarihamy, b:15-Aug-1864, elder daughter of S J M V G Taldene, Rate Mahatmaya of Yatikinda in 1877. Martha Taldene, younger sister of Elizabeth married W R Bibile Rate Mahatmaya who was the father of C W Bibile, the Rate Mahatmaya of Wellassa in 1918. C W Bibile married Sylvia Jayawardene Kumarihamy, daughter of Gate Mudaliyar Harry Jayawardene, Mudaliyar West Giruwa Pattu.

                5  [24] George Christopher Rambukpotha, b:8-Dec-1884, first academic of the family. Proctor of Supreme Court and later Member of the State Council for Bibile from 1931.  + Annabelle Elizabeth Taldene Kumarihamy, b:20-Apr-1891, d:1923 at Mampitiya Walauwa, m:1910 at the Town Hall in Kandy (niece of Georges mother, daughter of Charles Taldene, Chief Interpreter Mudaliyar of the Kandy Kachcheri from 1908-1914 & Beatrice Keppetipola Taldene Kumarihamy)

                    6  [36] Kavantissa Rambukpotha, b:2-Jan-1915, d:1919

                    6  Prematissa alias 'Charlie' Rambukpotha, educated at Trinity College, Kandy, served in the Department of Agriculture and lived in Badulla + Benita Wickremanayake of Kegalle

                        7  [37] Premitha Rambukpotha

                        7  [38] Sumedha Rambukpotha

                        7  [39] Rudrani Rambukpotha

                        7  [40] Shiromi Rambukpotha

                    6  [41] Swarnalatha Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, educated at Good Shepherd Convent Kandy + S C Madugalle, third son of Punchi Bandara Madugalle & Nugawela Kumarihamy (3116)

                    6  Swarnalatha Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, d:30 Jul 1999, of Badulla and lived for a short time with her husbands brothers family at 182 Trincomalee Street Kandy and later resided at her home at 291 Trincomalee Street Kandy. educated at Good Shepherd Convent Kandy + Cyril alias Sandy Madugalle, b:21 Aug 1907, d:15 Jul 1991, educated at St Anthony's College Katugastota, Kandy. Record Keeper at the Magistrates Court in Kandy. (3116)

                        7  Rihal Wasistha Madugalle, b:24 Jun 1941, educated as 3rd generation students at TCK between 1947 & 1959, played for the 1st XV Rugby Team, qualified as an Accountant and was he Regional Manager of the Paddy Marketing Board serving at Badulla, Anurdhapura and Kandy. Basnayake Nilame of Pasgama Devale in Hewaheta. + Tikiri Kumari Agalawatte, from Kotmale

                            8  Dhammika Sanath Madugalle, b:1 Sep 1977, Represented TCK at Rugby and Senior Prefect, University Student at Queensland University in Australia

                            8  Inoka Madugalle, b:21 Jun 1983, educated at Hiullwood College up to the A Levels in the year 2002.

                        7  Nimal Theekshana Madugalle, educated as 3rd generation students at TCK between 1947 & 1959, played for the 1st XV Rugby Team, captained the College Athletics Team. Joined the planting fraternity. + Seetha Dias

                            8  Rajaya Madugalle, played Rugby for TCK, Lion, left school at A `Level to further his studies in Australia

                            Chamilka Madugalle, qalified Accountant + Dilakshan Ratwatte

 

                    6  [42] Senehelatha Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Professor Senaka Bibile, Parmacologist, one time Dean of the Facult of Medicine University of Ceylon Peradeniya, ex Chairman State Pharmaceutical Corporation, grandson of Marthe Taldene & W R Bibile Rate Mahatmaya, and eldest son of Charles William Bibile, Rate Mahatmaya of Bibile Walauwa, & Sylvia Jayawardene Kumarihamy, sister of Mudaliyar F O A K Jayawardene of Atadahewatte Walauwa in Kataluwa Ahangama. Marriage took place in a house occupied by George Madugalle & Seelawathie Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, the brides sister and brother in law at the Village of Kiribathkumbura near the town of Peradeniya in Yatinuwara.

                        7  [43] Hiranjan Bibile

                        7  [44] Ranil Bibile

 

                5  [25] Albert Rambukpotha Rate Mahatmaya, b:1890, d:1947 at Kandy after prolonged illness and amputations when he spent his last days with his niece Swarnalatha Rambukpotha Madugalle Kumarihamy, Clerk at Badulla Kachcheri, succeeded his father as Rate Mahatmaya of Wellawaya in 1909 and had his residence at Galkande in Haputale + [26] Samawathi Katugaha Kumarihamy (3115)

                    6  son, died in infancy

                    6  son, died in infancy

                    Muriel Rambukpotha Tennekoon Kumarihamy, b:4-May-1919, d:11-Oct-1978 at Ratnapura, educated at Hillwood College in Kandy and later at Mahamaya Girls School + R W Tennekoon alias "Reggie", MP for Minipe 1965-70, son of L B Tennekoon & Nandumanika Rambukwella Tennekoon Kumarihamy of Walgama Walauwa, Rambukkana, m:1943. R W Tennekoon, CCS, is the brother of Herbert Tennekoon, Dr George Tennekoon, and Victorf Tennekoon, all nephews of Rambukwella Disawa of Uda Dumbara.

                        7  daughter + Asela Weregama, son of Harold Weregama Korale Mahatmaya, Basnayake Nilame of Maha Saman Devale of Ratnapura.

 

                5  [31] Justin Arthur Rambukpotha alias "Artie" Rambukpotha, b:1891, d:3-Mar-1955, was popularly known as Rambukpotha Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale from 1945-55. He was succeeded by his first cousin G B Katugaha in 1945 and it was during his term office that the Sri Ramakrishna Mission of India commenced and completed the construction of the Pilgrims Rest, The Sri Ramakrishna Mission Madam at Kataragama. Educated at Uva College and Trinity College Kandy, commenced life as an Agricultural Instructor in the early 1920's qualifying from among the first few batches of students of the Government School of Agriculture at Gannoruwa Peradeniya. Officiated as a Member of the Agricultural Board and was Chairman of the Badulla District Paddy Growers Association. Government Clerical Service from 1912 and by 1919 was officiating Rate Mahatmaya of Wellawassa and Wellawaya. Entered politics and became the MP for Haputale in the first Parliament of Ceylon from 1947-52 and for AluthNuwara in the second parliament from 1952-55. + Vivina Keppetipola Kumarihamy

                    6  Wimala Rambukpotha, died in infancy, Agent of Free Lanka Insurance Company + Nalini Ellepola Kumarihamy, daughter of J B Ellepola & Mallika Dharmakeerthy Kumarihamy of Matale. He later joined Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation and served in Anuradhapura, Ratnapura & Colombo.

                        7  daughter

                        7  son

                        7  son

                    6  Nangodana Rambukpotha, attended Little Flower Convent Bandarawawela & St Thomas' College Gurutalawa and Mt Lavinia

 

                    6  Chandragupta Rambukpotha, b:10-Aug-1933, d:26-Jul-1998 and lise buried in the family burial grounds of the ancestors Usambalama adjoining Hingurugamuwa Tea Plantation at Rambukpotha, Badulla, attended Little Flower Convent Bandarawawela & St Thomas' College Gurutalawa and Mt Lavinia. Outstanding sportsman who won colors for athletics, hockey, swimming, football and tennis at school. Acting Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale at the age of 23 soon after the demise of his father in 1956. Lived mostly at the Kanda Uda Walauwa at Ellukthenne in Badulla. Bansanayake Nilame of the Sath Pattini Devale of Badulla from 1963-73. Active in politics.+ Jasmine Jayawardene Kumarihamy, m:21-Sep-1961, daughter of Lilian Rambukpotha Jayawardene Kumarihamy (paternal aunt) of Ahangama, Galle.

                        7  Indri Eranjani Rambukpotha, b:17-Jun-1962

                        7  Malathi Sardhakshani Rambukpotha, b:25-Jun-1965

                        7  Indira Chrishanthi Rambukpotha, b:20-Dec-1966

                        7  Lanjatissa Rambukpotha, b:27-Apr-1968

                        7  Induka Asela Rambukpotha

 

                    6  Sudharma Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Chethiya Bandara Ellepola of Matale, eldest son of Punchi Bandara Ellepola, Fuscal Marshal of Matale, & Maningomuwe Dullewe Kumarihamy

 

                    6  Leela Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Sanath Angunawela of Angunawela Walauwa in Udunuwara

 

                    6  Soma Rambukpotha Kumarihamy + Justin Jayawardene of Kataluwa Walauwa, Ahangama, Galle

 

                5  [32] Cyril Rambukpotha, Korale Mahatmaya of Rilpola, a post oif grandparental vintage and was popularly known as Rambukpotha Riplola Korale Mahatmaya. Lived at the ancestral home in Badulla + Galagoda Kumarihamy of Uva. No issue. Joined his brother Alcik at Akiriya after the demise of his wife. Spent his last days in solitude and his demise was at Akiriya. Last of the family to occupy the Rambukpotha Maha Walauwa and with his departure to Ekiriya this majestic Walauwa went into complete neglect and decay until it was partially restored by the Ven Rambukpotha Bodhiseeha.

 

                5  [33] J A C Rambukpotha (Jnr) alias "Alick" Rambukpotha, educated at Kingswood College Kandy, attached to the Government Clerical Service for a short time and went on to live in the ancestral village of Akiriya situated near the confluence of Hepola Oya and Loggal Oya in Oya Palatha. This was a former Royal Village (Gabadagama) that was granted to the family in later British times when family lands in the center of towns were acquired for public purposes. Marksman. Unique collection of Dutch and early British Muzzle Loading Guns adorned the walls of his home in Akiriya. + Name Not Kown (local lady from Akiriya)

                    6  Punchi Banda Rambukpotha

 

                5  [34] Punchi Bandara Rambukpotha alias "Benny" Rambukpotha (Jnr), educated at Kingswood College Kandy

 

                5  [35] Lillian Elizabeth Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, b:5-Nov-1905, d:5-Feb-1960 + Mudaliyar Don F O A K Jayawardene "Rikey", m:5-May-1919, Mudaliyar of Talpe Pattu from 1928-1946. Lived at his home which was known as Atadahewatte Maha Walauwa at Kataluwa which is closed to Ahangama in the south of Ceylon. Maintained records of their family history with photographs.

                    6  Grace Jayawardene

                    6  Diyaniya Jayaardene

                    6  Duksie Jayawardene

                    6  Jasmine Jayawardene

                    6  Enid Jayawardene

                    6  Iris Jayawardene

                    6  Quintus Jayawardene

                    6  Oscar Jayawardene

                    6  Childers Jayawardene

                    6  Michel Jayawardene

                    6  Justin Jayawardene

                    6  Ivan Jayawardene

                    6  Osmund Jayawardene

 

            4  Heen Bandara Rambukpotha alias H B Rambukpotha, d:circa 1932, was assigned to the Sasana, went under the tutelage of Ven Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala at the Vidyalankara Pirivena at Kelaniya and received the Upasampada Ordainment as Rambukpotha Pragnasara Sthavira from the Chief Priest of the Godagedera Temple at Kelaniya. Succeeded his Guru to be the Chief Incumbent of the same Vihara in Kelaniya. Also the Chief Incumbent of the family Temple Seneviratne Mudalindaramaya at Rambukpotha in Badulla. E;levated in the order in 1913 by the Sangha Saba to be 16th Nayaka of the Sri Padasthana Viharaya (High Priest of the Temple on Adams Peak). Held this office up to his demise circa 1932. Photograph of him is found at the Galpottawela Raja Maha Viharaya at Pelmadulla. A part of his share of family lands named, Nika-Attakumbura and Nika-Attedepala, were sold by the public trsutee and the rest of his share devolved on the heirs of his deceased brothers.

            4  Rambukpotha Katugaha Tikiri Kumarihamy d:circa 1912. Forfeited all rights to her fathers estate since she married in Diga + Katugaha Bandaranayake Herath Mudiyanse Tikiri Bandara, d:31-Nov-1916, lies buried amongst his ancestors at the family burial grounds Haliedda on Green Lane Drive Badulla. Rate Mahatmaya of Viyaluwa in 1890 and of Yatikinda from 1900, also known as "Katugaha Disawe" since he was honored with the title after the GA of Uva had proposed to revive this category of office holders in 1908. d:31 Nov 1916 after 31 years of public service (3115)

                5  [2] Heen (Loku) Bandara Katugaha, b:circa 1886, d:4-Mar-1946, attended Trinity College, Kandy (1731st student on 4 Oct 1897 when Rev H P Napier-Clavering was Principal), appointed in 1913 as Rate Mahatmaya of Yatikinda and by 1924 was the chief resident of the 'Katugaha Walauwa' in Mahawelagama Badulla, which by then bore the assessment number 116 Mahiyangana Road, Badulla. By the early 1940's he had developed and grown a tea estate of 50 odd acres in the village of Katugaha which became to be known as "Lewwegoda Estate" in later years. He also built a new residence on the same property. This sprawling counbtry house was known as "Gal Walauwa" by the common folk due to its extensive coarse masonry exterior rubble walls. For the rest of their lives they made sure that their two residences were "open house" to all their relatives, very specially to the three young nephews of his wife. + [1] Rupawathy Rambukpotha Katugaha Kumarihamy (first cousin) in 1910. b:1894, d:22 Apr 1964, attended Clarence Memorial School as a five year old in 1900, 46th student, (later Hillwood College Kandy), the premier ladies school that was established by the earliest missionaries of the Zenana Missionary Society of The Church of England. The school was started in 1890 by Ms Elizabeth Bellerby and Ms Ethel James and was exclusively meant to provide English Education to the young ladies from the Kandyan Gentry. Many years earlier the Church Missionary Society of England had founded a College for the education for the sons of Kandyan Chieftains and it had been named The Kandy Collegiate School in 1872 and later renamed to Trinity College in 1876 by which name it still functions today, in the year 2006. She left Hullwood College on 24 Oct 1910 having seen her second sister Seelawathie also enter the school three years earlier on 12 Nov 1907 as its 115th student. Her contemporaries at Hillwood were Nandu Menika Rambukwella, Muriel Kapuwatte, Maria Keppetipola, Dorothy, Ethel, & Alice Paranagama, Amelia Madugalle, Daisy Dunuwila, Damayantha Panabokke, Seela, Magantha, & Suja Aluvihare, Manthri Bibile and Suja Dullewe.  Lived at Ranawana Walauwa with her widowed mother and siblings after the demise of her father. Later she moved to Giragama Walauwa, the residences of her maternal uncle, the late Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disawa of Yatinuwara. It was at this Walauwa that she married her paternal first cousin later in he same year. She spent the early part of her married life at her husbands residence at Katugaha Walauwa which was a sprawling mansion at Puwakgodamulla within the town of Badulla. Later she moved to Lewwe Walauwa, another large country residence built by her husband in the village of Katugaha on Lewwegoda Estate in close proximity to the Katugaha Maha Walauwa. She occupied both residences based on her conveniences and also accomodated her ageing mother, Mampitiya Rambukpotha Kumarihamy, with her most of the time. Small in stature, but extremely fair in complexion, with a round face and thinning head of curly grey hair she resembled he late Queen Victoria of England in many ways. Her own children and her three nephews used to call her by that name whenever they would banter. A Queen she was to all of the family right through her life until her rather early demise which took place in Kandy in 1964.

                    6  [3] Amitha Katugaha Weragama Kumarihamy, b:1911, d:1986 after a prolonged illness, yet always cheerful up to her last, schooled at Hillwood College, Kandy and St Bridgets College, Colombo, Piano student, Royal College of Music London + Harold Weragama, m:1933 (son of Weragama Korale Nilame & Ellawala Kumarihamy of Uduniriella of Ratnapura)

                        7  [4] Ayoma Weragama

                        7  [5] Nalini Weragama

                        7  [6] Susantha Weragama

                        7  [7] Asela Weragama

                        7  [8] Senaka Weragama

                        7  [9] Sunitha Weragama

 

                    6  [10] Swarnalatha Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:1918, d:1987, schooled at Hillwood College, Kandy + Francis Leonard Jayasundera alias Lennie Jayasundera, d:1971 (ex St Thomas' College, third son of Everard Jayasundera Rate Mahatmaya of Jayasundera Walauwa in Polgahawela)

                        7  Asoka Jayasundera alias "Bill Lawrie", b:1943, educated at St Thomas' College Gurutalawa + Kanthi Perera of Bandarawela (domiciled in Canada now)

 

                    6  [11] Subadra Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:15-Oct-1918 at Katugaha Walauwa in Mahawelagama, Badulla. Educated at Hillowood College, Kandy. + J C Molagoda (eldest son of Walter Molagoda & Sujatha Panabokke Molagoda Kumarihamy of Molagoda Walauwa "Green Hurst" at Pondeniya, Katugastota). Lived at Hewaheta.

 

                    6  [11] 2nd spouse of Subadra Katugaha Kumarihamy, b:15-Oct-1918, d:14-Jan-1991 at Kalutara + Bertie Wettewe of Wettewa Walauwa of Udapalatha Korala in Tumpanne (captained the first eleven cricket team of St Anthony's College, Katugastota and was attached to the Department of Social Services and stationed at Ibbagamuwa near Kurunegala. Retired prematurely from Govt Service and supervised the work of Lewwegoda Estate, Pattiyagedera, Bandarawela, for some time and then went on to pursue agriculture on his wife's properties at Wellawaya)

                        7  [12] Gamini Wettewe (hospitality trade)

 

                    6  [13] Vernon alias Kuda Banda Katugaha, b:Jun-21-1921, d:1986 (after a brief illness), educated at Trinity College, Kandy from Jan 1930 and June 1940 as a second generation student from the family during the principal-ship of Rev J McCleod Campbell. He left school when Rev Dr W Stopford was Principal. Qualified at the London Matriculation Examination and represented his house Allison at Rugby Football. Was a very efficient member of the College Scout Troop. Left school from the 6th Form and joined the Tea Planting fraternity of the Colonial era where the English and the Scottish planter held sway. Commenced training at Neluwa Estate, Hali Ela, on 1 Aug 1922 under Superintendent A L Dodd and completed his training at Telbadde Estate Badulla. Asst Suptd at Talawela and Niriwatte Estates in Ratnapura, Golinda Group at Kegalle, and Suptd and Manager at Drayton Estate Kotagala, Hathbawa Estate Rambukanna, and Calsay Estate Nanu Oya, until his retirement in 1962. Thereafter he was acting Suptd at Blackwood Estate Haputale, Ratnavale Estate Passara, Shakerley Estate Mawatagama, and Rye Estate Balangoda until he was appointed as Senior Management Officer (Regional) at "Usawasama" from 1972 to 1977 before he finally retired at the age of 56 in 1977. + Sanghamithra Muttetuwegama Kumarihamy, d/o E J Muttetuwegama (Snr), Asst Superintendent of Police & Myrtle Dassanayake Muttetuwegama Kumarihamy (granddaughter of JAC Rambukpotha) on 3 Dec 1951. Lived at Barnes Place Mount Lavinia during his retirement.

                        7  [14] Bishan Katugaha, b:9-Mar-1953

                        7  [15] Mahesh Katugaha, b:24-Nov-1955

                        7  [16] Ravi Katugaha, b:16-Feb-1957

 

                    6  [17] Bandaranaike Herath Mudiyanselage Prabhawathie Manel Katugaha Paranagama Kumarihamy, b:17-May-1930, at Giriyagama Walauwa at Yatinuwara, residence of her maternal uncle Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disava, d:5-Sep-1957 died of childbirth at the age of 26. Kindergarten education at St Ursula's Convent Badulla up to 1938, the Covent of Child Jesus Ratnapura up to 1942, and then schooled at Visakha Vidyalaya Bandarawela up to Junior School Certificate Class, and then joined  St Bridgets College, Colombo toi complete her SSC in 1950 + [2]  A Reggie Paranagama (second son of Charles Paranagam of Tumpane & Nanda Katugaha Kumarihamy) Lived on Brandenburgh Estate, Bandarawela (3060)

                        7  [18] Rohan Salinda Paranagama

                        7  [19] Thissila Jayaliya Paranagama

 

                5  Leelawathie Katugaha Kumarihamy + G H Dimbulana#, President of Village Tribunal Gampaha-Pupuressa

 

                5  Gunadasa (Kuda) Bandara Katugaha, GB, b:15-Mar-1892, attended Trinity College, Kandy (2895th student on 17 Jan 1906 when A G Fraser was Principal). Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale and held office from 1924-44 before he retired from office due to reasons of ill health. Was the last of a tradition where Basnyakae Nilame's were appointed for life. His successor, in 1945, was J A Rambukpotha, his maternal first cousin, who was the first elected Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale. Thereafter the term of this office was restricted to ten years. Negotiated with the Sri Ramakrishna Mission of India to build the Pilgrims Rest at Kataragama, the only location in Ruhunu Maha Kataragama which provided three wholesome meals and free accomodation to innumerable devotees at all times for forty odd years. Lived at his residence Katugahawatte Walauwa at Puwakgodamulla in Badulla. + Millie Elapata Kumarihamy, d/o E A Elapata & Iddamalgoda Eknaligoda (Rambukpotha) Kumarihamy

                    6  Upali Katugaha, adopted son of Sam Elapata Snr (Rate Mahatmaya and Hon Disawa) & Sumedha Rambukpotha Elapata Kumarihamy, educated at St Thomas' College Mt Lavinia and played cricket for the 1st XI. Entered University of Ceylon and graduated with a first class honors degree in Geogrpahy. He was the first among the Kandyan gentry to achieve such a distinction. A great wild life enthusiast during his entire lifetime. Remained a bachelor living in Badulla, Ratnapura and later inb Kandy until he passed away in his brothers home in Kandy.

 

                    6  H I E Katugaha alias Dr Indraka, b:1936, commenced education at Uva College, Badulla and continued at St Thomas' College Mt Lavinia. Left school in 1956 and subsequently entered the Ceylon Medical College and passed out in 1963 as the first Katugaha male to be a medical practitioner. Practised in Badulla and subsequently carried on his profession at his private dispensary in Kandy. Great wild life enthusiast like his maternal uncle spends much of his leisure in the National Parks around the country. + Dr Lalitha. Live at their residence at Ampitiya in Kandy.

                        7  daughter

                        7  daughter

 

                5  Premawathie Katugaha Kumarihamy + William Dimbulana#, Rate Mahatmaya of the Viyaluwa Division olf Uva in 1913 (#Dimbulana brothers)

 

            4  Rambukpotha Katugaha Heen Kumarihamy, Forfeited all rights to her fathers estate since she married in Diga + Katugaha Bandaranayake Herath Mudiyanse Punchi Bandara (3115), b:circa 1867, d:1950, commenced his life in the Public Service as Korale Mahatmaya of Dambawinne Palatha in 1898. Later he was President of Village Tribunals at Kandy in 1913 and was popularly known as "Katugaha Sabahapathi Thuma". By 1900 he was acting Rate Mahatmaya of Yatikinda, the post to which his older brother was appointed later in the year. Sported a very stately figure with and long grey beard and is well remembered in his retirement by his grand-nephews, for those larege square bottles filled with "Pascals" orfange drops, barley sugar and the black and white striped mint flavored "bulls eyes". These sweets with the oven fresh sponge cakes and many varieties of pastries that came their way from Salgado Bakery were relished in plenty.

 

                5  Madduma Bandara Katugaha, attended Trinity College, Kandy, as its 1936th student on May 15 1899 + Anula Girigama-Galagoda Kumarihamy

                    6  Tikiri Bandara alias "Jim" Katugaha (remained a bachelor and lived with his grandfather at their Maha Walauwa in he village of Katugaha after the death of his father who passed away early in life)

 

                    6  Punchi Bandara alias "Winnie" Katugaha, was of very fair complexion and sported a walrus moustache that he was nicknamed "The Kaiser" after Kaiser `William II of Germany

                        7  Hilda Katugaha

                        7  Mallika Katugaha

                        7  Stanley Katugaha

 

                5  Chithravo Katugaha Kumarihamy + Hon Adikaram J C Ratwatte, m:25 Dec 1907 at the auspicious time of 8 pm, registered the next day before the couple left for Kandy, according to a letter written by the father of the groom which was found in a collection of documents belonging to Heen Bandara Katugaha, the brides paternal first cousin. Chitra was an Associate founder of Mahamaya College, the first Buddhist Girl's School in Kandy. (3060)

                    6  AC Lennie Ratwatte       

                    6  Stanley Ratwatte       

 

                    6  J C Ratwatte II + Phyllis Sita Aluvihare 

                        7  Rajitha Ratwatte, b:1936 + Krishanti
                  
Chanidu Ratwatte
                            
Nandika Ratwatte
                            
Nulara Ratwatte 
                        7  Suren Ratwatte + Dharini
                    8  Rahul Ratwatte
                              8  Anuja Ratwatte

                        7 Jayampathy Charitha Ratwatte III, b:1948 + Chulanee Nelunkanthi Ratwatte, b:1949

                            8 Prashanthi Tehanee Ratwatte    

                            8 Jayampathy Charitha Ratwatte IV

 

                    6  Keneth Ratwatte        

                    6  Pearlie Ratwatte

                    6  Anton Ratwatte

                    6  Brindley Ratwatte

                    6  Amara Ratwatte

                    6  Dolly Ratwatte  

                    6  Inda Ratwatte

 

                5  [26] Sama Katugaha Kumarihamy + [25] Albert Rambukpotha Rate Mahatmaya (first cousins, and second son of P B Rambukpotha Rate Mahatmaya & Taldene Kumarihamy), lived at Haputale initially and later moved to their new Walauwa in the village of Rambukpotha

 

                5  [27] Nanda Katugaha Kumarihamy + [28]  Charles Paranagama, son of J R Paranagama & Dodanwela Tikiri Kumarihamy, and lived at Paranagama Walauwa in Udapalatha Korale Tumpanne (3060)

                    6  [2] A Reggie Paranagama + [17] Bandaranaike Herath Mudiyanselage Prabhawathie Manel Katugaha Paranagama Kumarihamy, b:17-May-1930 at Giriyagama Walauwa at Yatinuwara, residence of her maternal uncle Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya Disava, d:5-Sep-1957 died of childbirth at the age of 26. Kindergarten education at St Ursula's Convent Badulla up to 1938, the Covent of Child Jesus Ratnapura up to 1942, and then schooled at Visakha Vidyalaya Bandarawela up to Junior School Certificate Class, and then joined  St Bridgets College, Colombo toi complete her SSC in 1950. Lived on Brandenburgh Estate, Bandarawela

                        7  [18] Rohan Salinda Paranagama

                        7  [19] Thissila Jayaliya Paranagama

 

                5  Mallika Katugaha Kumarihamy + Harris Leuke Ratwatte 1900-1964, Parliamentarian, 11th Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (3060)

                    6  Ryan Ratwatte

                    6  Ivy Ratwatte

                    6  Dennis Ratwatte  

                    6  Chintha Ratwatte

                    6  Preeni Ratwatte   

                    6  Col Anuruddha Ratwatte      

                    6  Ranji Ratwatte    

                    6  Samudhra Ratwatte

                    6  Mangalika Ratwatte  

        3  Rambukpotha Seneviratne Mudiyanselage Kuda Bandara, was the opposite in personality of his brother, Rate Mahatmaya of Wellawaya, Kanduhara Buttala, Buttala Wedirata, Meeda Wedirata, Deiyanne Gampaha, and a part of Kumbalwela Palatha and Kongala Bintenne and held office from 1851-1860. + Delgoda Kumarihamy 2* aka "Makandure Kumarihamy" among the immediate family members (from the family of Delgoda Wijetunge Atapattu Mudiyanse Mohottalahamy, brother in law of Elapata Jayatilleke Gunaratne Tennekoon Mudiyanse Rala of Sabaragamuwa 1802-1805). Lived at Maha Walauwa at Rambukpotha. No children.

    2  Wasanahay Etana Rambukpotha


Obituaries:

RAMBUKPOTHA - MERAYA  Beloved wife of the late Martin, loving mother of Jayanethi, Swarna, Leilan, Srimathi, Yamuna, Ranjan, Kamani and Jagath, mother-in-law of Sunethra, Sumedha, Bob, Bernard, Padmini, Pulathisi and Champika, grandmother of Pabatha, Chandi, Rasoja, Rohan, Deyon, Maheeka, Chithika, Osanda, Nadun, Anjana, Diluka, Chithesh and Abhishek. Cortege leaves residence No. 9, Pahala Imbulgoda, Imbulgoda at 4 p.m. on Saturday 07th April for Cremation at Family Burial Ground. DN Fri Apr 6 2007


 

           

Four Kandyan Families - by Sunil Madugalle