|Memo of Gampala Estate – Kandy|
|Sir Arthur Wilson||600||0||0|
|Price & Sons||500||0||0||1550||0||0|
|Bills||Ackland Boyd & Co||3000||0||0|
|Estate of F Kettery||20||0||0|
|Private cash etc||527||0||0|
|Price & Sons||500||0||0||2259||10||3|
|Landed Property||Adgalla 1/3 share||1500||0||0|
|Wahagapitia half share||2000||0||0|
|Dunboula 700a cost||1200||0||0|
|Household Property||No.1 Kandy lake + house half share||700||0||0|
|No.2 Kandy lake + house half share||1000||0||0||1700||0||0|
|Bonds||Archdeacon + Flook||15000||0||0|
|Do bill WTB & Co||1000||0||0|
|Grampola Buck establishement||46||4||0|
|Estates due to me||Wahagapitia||880||0||0|
|Interest||Archdeacon + Flook||550||0||0|
|Furniture-carriages = sundries||300||0||0|
|Books and plate say||100||0||0|
|By balance of this date||19870||3||2|
|Depandancies||West India property||700||0||0|
|Mortgage (Mrs Birds)||800||0||0|
|Commission price if sold||2000||0||0||3500||0||0|
|13th Feb||Balance at credit of Henry Chas Bird||23370||3||2|
|and written below-|
|and may he and his long live to|
|enjoy the same – A FRIEND!|
A completely stripped monument to Henry Byrde (1837-1907).
With a military background, serving in the Crimea and later as Commandant of the Ceylon Light Infantry, Byrde went into business in Kandy and in 1873 was appointed the secretary of the municipal council, as well as superintendent of works. He served in those capacities until his death. “He was a good amateur actor, had a great knowledge of trees and tree-planting, and was a walking dictionary of information about Kandy, of which he was the oldest European resident….” Survey of Sri Lanka maps incorrectly identify this as the Gyrde memorial.
(Ed. this item found at www.greatmirror.com – ‘Sri Lanka, Colonist Life Chapter’)
St Peter’s Colombo 1837
Between Henry Charles Bird, Lieut. Ceylon Rifles Regiment bachelor and Rebecca Mais spinster.
Married in Church by Licence.
5th January 1837.
27th May 1840 Kandy
Between Lieut Henry Charles Bird and 2nd Lieut Adjutant Charles Crabbe both of her Majesty’s Ceylon Rifles.
Charles Bird holds 262a 1r 250/100 square perches situated in Pulsellawe in district Udapa purchased by deed from the government dated 3rd August 1838.
To go into a partnership with Charles Crabbe of 150a bounded on the north by the Galpatayshe Ella on the east and south by Laneapohunebura on west by property of Henry Bird.
To share the profits.
Cost of partnership £37 10s sterling paid to Henry Bird.
Kandy April 1836
Letter to the Governor in consideration in 1824 that George Bird the undersigned accompanied his late brother, Lieut. Col H Bird from England to view and commence a coffee plantation.
Paid 9 pence an acre (name of areas).
Total 588a 3r 39p.
Will of Henry Bird 2nd April 1829 Colombo
I Lieutenant Colonel Henry Bird of the 16th Regiment desire to be done as follows:
I have advanced to my brother Mr George Bird at several times the sum of £3000 and odd sterling as may be seen by existing documents which advances were made on condition of my holding an equal share in his grant of land in all his other property purchased or otherwise and in all profits and benefits arising thereof at Gampola near Kandy the whole of which share with the profits and advantages dependant thereof I bequeath to my wife Mrs Frances Maria Bird in trust for the benefit of our children.
I also bequeath to my said wife, Mrs Frances Maria Bird all my other property whatsoever description and monies likewise in trust for the same after my just debts have been paid and further for the payment of my debts in this country I devote the sum of ten thousand Sicca Rupees assured on my life in the Oriental Life Insurance office in Calcutta or such part of this sum as may be required for the purpose.
I request Captain Samuel Braybrook and assistant Surgeon Charles Tomlin Whitfield to be my executors in Ceylon and Mrs Frances Maria Bird to be my sole executrix in England.
I declare this to be my last will and testament.
Lt. Col. 16th Reg.t
John Fred.k Conderlag
Henry, son of Henry Charles Bird 2nd Lieutenant in her Majesty’s Ceylon Rifles Regiment and Rebecca his wife. Born on the 3rd December 1837 was baptised at Kandy on the 4th day of March 1838 by me
M Garslin – Colonial Chaplain