John Wilson
1811 - 1812
Robert Brownrigg
1812 - 1820
Edward Barnes
1820 - 1822
Robert Brownrigg

British Governors | British - (1812 - 1820)

General Sir Robert Brownrigg, 1st Baronet GCB (1759 – 27 April 1833) was a British statesman and soldier. Brownrigg brought the last part of Sri Lanka under British rule.
Brownrigg was commissioned as an ensign in 1775. After service with the 9th Foot, he was appointed Military Secretary to the Duke of York in 1795, and accompanied him to The Helder in Holland in 1799.
In 1803 he was appointed Quartermaster-General to the Forces.[2] In July 1809, he joined the expedition to the Schelt.
He left his post as Quartermaster-General to the Forces in 1811, and then, in 1813, he was appointed Governor of Ceylon.[1] In 1815, he acquired the Kingdom of Kandy through an agreement with the help of defecting ministers of the Kandyan King, in the central region of the island, and annexed it to the British crown. The treaty was historically known as "Kandyan Convention".[1] In recognition of his achievement, Brownrigg was created a baronet in 1816.[1] There was a major rebellion in October 1818, but Brownrigg also managed to defeat that, aided by reinforcements from India.[1] He attained the rank of full General in 1819 and left Ceylon the following year.
The gilded bronze ancient Statue of Tara was reputedly found on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. It was acquired by Brownrigg, who later donated it to the British Museum when he was living near Monmouth in 1830.[3] This account however is rejected by the authorities in Sri Lanka who believe that Brownrigg took the statue from the last King of Kandy when the British annexed Kandy.
Brownrigg died near Monmouth in 1833.
In 1789, Brownrigg married Elizabeth Catharine Lewis and together they went on to have six sons and a daughter.[1] Then in 1810 he married Sophia Bissett.
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