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Sketch of the constitution of the Kandyan kingdom

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 96

Scope and Contents

'A sketch of the constitution of the Kandyan kingdom', the last independent state in Sri Lanka, which had its capital at Kandy, c. 1835, 186 pages; a memorandum on the law of inheritance, 30 pages; rules for administering justice, 25 pages; Sir John Doyley's notes on the Kandyan law of inheritance, 8 pages; Singhalese law of inheritance, etc., 47 pages; and notes on the law of marriage, etc., 30 pages.


  • Creation: 1835


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Biographical / Historical

W. de S. Wickramesekere's background is not known.


.01 cubic metre(s) (1 volume) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 72.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Orr, 1925.

Existence and Location of Copies

The contents of the manuscript are almost identical to those in RCMS 95.

Related Materials

The Manuscripts Collection contains further material relating to Wickramesekere, RCMS 98.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Wickramesekere, W de S, fl 1835-1853

Includes index.
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