Sunday, 3 April 2022

Robert Knox Memorial, Lagundeniya

Memorial of Robert Knox is a monument in Lagundeniya village in Kandy District, Sri Lanka, erected for the remembrance of Robert Knox (1641-1720 A.D.), an English sea captain who lived in Sri Lanka for 19 years as a captive of Kandyan King Rajasinghe II [(1635-1687 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2004].

Knox is said to have lived in Lagundeniya for a long period and had associated with the family of Kallora Mudiyanse (Abeyawardana, 2004). He lived there as a bachelor in the company of John Loveland before he moved to Udunuwara where he constructed a house (Abeyawardana, 2004). Later, he managed to escape from captivity by secretly going to Anuradhapura and then to Mannar along the Malwatu Oya where he finally received the help of the Dutch (Abeyawardana, 2004).

The monument commemorating Robert Knox on the summit of the Lagundeniya mountain was erected in 1908 (Abeyawardana, 2004). It measures 1.23 m in height and the inscription on it can be read as follows;
Here lived AD 1667-1670 Robert Knox John Loveland and John Berry Willium Day Erected 1908. J.P.L.
See also

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.64.

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