Sri Lanka Kandyan Sinhalese Family Genealogy
Pilimatalavuva - Family # 3146
(extracted from Ananda Pilimatalavuva’s book ‘The Pilimatalavuvas in the last days of the Kandyan Kingdom’)
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayaks_of_Kandy
Pandara Chakravarthi King Of Pandya Madura/Tanjore
1 Prince Sumedha (Kumaraya) alias Madurava Bandara aka Pilamatalawwe Maha Adikaram, + Anuhashamy d. of Dulleve,
Maha Vasala Lekam
Maha Gabada Nilame 1723-1732
[1. sister Kaushalya married Tikiri Bandara of Nuvaraveva]
[1. sister Supana married Mampitiya Bandara]
2 Pilimatalavuva Arava Tikiribandara alias Pilinatalavuva Vijesundara Rajakaruna, Prime Minister of the Royal Kandy Court 1742-1761
+ Mayadunne Kumarihamy
Maha Adikaram I
Disava Sath Korale 1766; Disava Sathara Korale 1765-1767
Udugampahe Maha Adikaram (Twice) 1738-1762
Pallegampahe Maha Adikaram Twice) 1765-1773
Built Asigiri Parana Vihare 1766
Died around 1783
[2. sister married Levuke]
[2. sister married Urulevatte]
[2. sister married Kempitiya]
[2. sister married Unambuva]
[2. sister married Ratvatta]
[2. sister married Kappitipola]
3 Pilimatalavuva Manike + Gola Hela alias Kappitipola Diyawadana Nilame (Gola Hela alias Keppetipola Diyawadana Nilame, Trustee Temple of the Sacred
Tooth of the Buddha, son of Kapitipola alias Monaravila Disava (Government Agent) of Uva. He was executed in 1818 + Monaravila Manike ……….. daughter
Delvala Kumarihamy. She was the 2nd wife of EHELAPOLA Adikaram)
4 Kapitipola Menike alias Dodantale Mahatmayo (executed in 1814) + Ehelapola Adikaram (first Marriage)
3 Pilimatalavuva Vijesundara Mudiyanse
Maha Adikaram II
Disava Sathara Korale 1767-1768
Disava Thun Korale 1768
Disava Sath Korale 1769 – 1778-84
Udugampahe Maha Adikaram 1773-1778
Pallegampahe Maha Adikaram 1778-1789
3 Pilimatalavuva Vijesundara Rajakaruna Seneviratne Abhayakoon Panditha Mudiyanse alias Urulevatta Agra Senadhipathi alias Arave, executed in 1811
Maha Adikaram III
Basanayaka Nilame-Maha Devale &alavatugoda Devale
Disava (many areas eg. Matale, Puttalam. Etc.)
Maha Disava- Sath Korale
(need to add lots of info here) Executed 1811
Wives: 1. Maralanda Kumarihamy
**2. Dodanvala Kumarihamy daughter of Junior Adikaram
Children : 4 Pilimatalavuva Loku Manike
Husbands: (i). Meegastenne alias Dumbara died 1808 Minister of the Royal Kandyan Court
(ii). Ehelapola Adikaram died 1829. Minister of the Royal Kandyan Court
4 Pilimatalavuva Manike + Ratvatta Devamedde Nilame, Executed in 1811
4 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajapakse Bandaranayaka Mudiyanse (Junior) +
Disava Udunuvara 1804
(need to add lots of info here) Signed Convention 1815
Diyawadana Nilame 1810-1818
Government Agent & Trustee of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha
Banished to Mauritius by the British Government in 1820
Returned and died 1833
Wives: 1. Molligoda Loku Kumarihamy Sister of Molligoda Adikaram
2. Maralanda Tikiri Kumarihamy
3 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajapakse Panditha Vasala Mudiyanse-Disava + Kotuvagedara Loku Kumarihamy
Alias Kapuvatta Disava
Disava Thun Korale 1758-1761
Disava Matale 1762-1764
Disava Saparagamuva 1760-1766
Disava Gilmale Bambarabotuva, Patharata Bulathgama Panama
Nilame-Maha Aramudale & Haluvadana; Mohandiram-Maha Setapanage & Ranavuda Maduva; Diyadana Nilame – Sri Dalada Maligava;
Banished by the British Government to Batavia 1767. Died 1768 on return voyage.
4 Pilimatalavuva Aramudale + ??
5 Son (left Village)
5 Son (left Village)
5 Son (alias Diyakelinavela Nilame, alias Pilimatalavuva Madurava, Loku Banda of Medapalata Yatinuvara)
Married 1. Kahavatta Kumarihamy
6 Kahavatta Banda + Urulavatta Kumarihamy
Married 2.) Urulavatta Kumarihamy
6 Pilimatalavuva Dingiri Kumarihamy + Mahakadavara Punchirala alias Duggannarallage.
[2.) Urulavatta Kumarihamy 2nd husband Vendarave Nekatkiyana Nilame
1. Loku Banda BN + Abayakoon Kumarihamy
2. Madurava Lekam + ??
3. MaduravaTikiri Banda BN
1. Maduma Banda
1. A Priest
1. Vedakankarana Nilame + ???
2. Giragama Tikiri Heeralu Banda (Giragama DN?)
4 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajakaruna Navaratna Attanayake Bandaranayaka Mudiyanse Ralahamy alias Kapuvatta Wijesundera
Udugampahe Maha Adikaram
Rajakaruna Navaratne Athanayaka Bandaranayake Mudiyanse 1799 - 1817
Disava Matale 1799-1810 Disava Vellassa 1810
Maha Disava Saparagamuva 1814-1817
2nd Adigar Disava & Diyavadana Nilame Sri Dalada Maligava
Deputy Prime Minister Royal Kandyan Court, Government Agent & Trustee Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha
Maha Gabada Nilame 1820-1824
Udugampahe Maha Adikaram 1805-1814, 1815-1818
Signed Convention 1815
His wives: (i). Udanvita Kumarihamy
5 Pilimatalavuva Tikiri Kumarihamy alias Kapuvatta Kumarihamy Younger (died aprox. 1884)
Her husbands 1. Mampitiya Disava
2. Angammana Basnayaka Nilame
3. Keppetipola Disava (adopted Angammana Kumarihamy)
His wives: (ii). Kapuvatta Kumarihamy?
(iii).Kapuvatta Kumarihamy daughter of Kapuvatte Diyawadana Nilame
(don’t know which one of the above… #2 or #3… is the mother of the following:)
5 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajakaruna Navarathna Bandaranayaka Vassala Muditanse Ralahamy of Boange Palle Valauva
+ Kapuvatta Kuda Kumarihamy (She married 1.Mampitiye, 2.Angamanna Basnayake Nilame - Temple Trustee, & 3.Keppetipola. Keppetipola's
daughter was Angamanna Kumarihamy who married Godagamuwe alias Kosenne alias Ehelepola Nilame. Their children were Kobbewala Tikiri
Bandara - son, Urapola Tkiri Kumarihamy - daughter, Pilimatalawwe Tikiri Kumarihamy - daughter, Kapuwatte Tikiri Bandara -son who married
Keppetipola Loku Kumarihamy, and Angamanna Tikiri Bandara who married Galagoda Kumarihamy)
Disava of Saparagamuva
6 Boange Banda + Ambanwela Kumarihamy
7 Kuda Kumarihamy + ???
8 Boange Palle Valavuve Banda
5 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajakaruna Navarathna Bandaranayaka Vassala Mudiyanse Ralahamy + Daulagala Kumarihamy
Boange Uda Valauva
6 Boange Nilame + Moladande Kumarihamy
7 Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajakaruna Navaratna Bandaranayaka Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Boange Valauva Madduma Banda
+ Rambukwelle Kumarihamy
Peace Officer and Police Headman 1896-1901
Korala and Police Headman 1901-1903
8 Sara Mary Anne + Ellepola
8 Sudharma + Kadigamuva
8 Madduma Banda +Maralanda Kumarihamy
8 Prabavathy + Yatavara
8 Tikiri Banda + Rambukwella Kumarihamy
(where does this fit? Pilimatalavuva Nilame + Diyakelinavela Kumarihamy
- son Diyakelinavela RM (died in confinement 1818) + ???
- Giragama Basanayaka Nilame
- (nephew) Giragama Diva Nilame (Yatinuvara RM) + Wives :(i). Dehigama Kumarihamy
(ii). Pilimatalavuva Loku Kumarihamy
7 Boange Valauva Pilimatalavuva Vijesumdara Rajakaruna Navaratna Bandaranayaka Muditanse Ralahamilage Loku Banda alias
Pilimatalavuva Boange Uda Valavuve Loku Banda + Vattegama Gama Valauva Tikiri Kumarihamy
Lekam Mahathmaya of Embilmeegama (Registrar)
(Much to be added here……………….the descendants of last #7)
Another Branch: Dodanvala
….(also in The Four Kandyan families by Sunil J. Madugalle P.60/61 it says that this relative is a Descendant of Bhuwanayaka Bahu Panditha Mudiyanse ( who is a descendant/relative of King Bhuvanakabahu VI (or VII?) (info in Ehelapola Sanasa of 1745; Palkumbura Sanasa. A.C.Lawrie A Gazetteer of the Central Province of Ceylon. 1896 Pg. 200; pg.688)
1. Dodanvala Appuhamy + ??
2. Dodanvala Muhandiram Nilame alias Haluvadana Ralahamy + Imbulmalgama Kumarihamy
* 3. Dodanvala Vickremasinha Chandrasekera Karunatilaka Seneviratna Panditha Mudiyanse Ralahamy + Maralanda Kumarihamy
2nd Adikaram 1741
Ratemahathmaya-Yatinuvara, Tambalagomuwa & Kottiar
Chief of Maha Madige & Palle….
Madige & of the nine Baddes
Disava – Matale & Tamankaduva – 1762
4 Dodanwala Adikaram Junior + Urulevatta Kumarihamy *
* 5 Pilimatalavuva Disava +
Wives: 1. Hulangamuva Kumarihamy
2. Ehelapola Kumarihamy
5 Kora Banda +
Wives: 1. Dulleve Kumarihamy
2. Illavane Kumarihamy + (husband 2)
**5 Dodanvala Kumarihamy + Pilimatalavuva Maha Adikaram (2nd marriage) (he was executed 1811)
4 Dodanwela Saparagamuva Disava 1781 + ??
Ambassador to Batavia
5 Son Doluve RM
5 Daughter + Veragoda Nilame
5 Daughter + Iriyagama Nilame
Pilimatalavuva Maha Adikaramhttp://www.lankalibrary.com/cul/pilima.htm
the Kandyan Kingdom
Uda Pas Rata or the city of Senkadagalapura was founded by
Senasammata Vickramabahu (1469-1511) in the later phase of the
fifteenth century, the real story of the Kandyan Kingdom opens
with the absorption of the Kingdoms of Kotte and Sitavaka by the
Portugese and the ascendancy of Vimala Dharma Suriya (1591-1604)
in Kandy in about 1592.
After King Vimala Dharmasuiriya I (1591-1604), Senarath (1604-1635), Rajasimha II (1635-1687) and Vimala Dharmasuriya II (1687-1707), we come to Narendrasimha (1707-1739) popularly known as Kundasale Deviyo and fondly remembered as Sellan Nirindhu, the playful King. Keeping with immediate past practice he too married from South India and died without a royal heir. He had left a son Unambuva Bandara by a Kandyan concubine but jealousy and disunity among the ruling families prevented him from succeeding the throne. Narendrasimha anticipating such an eventuality, before his death nominated his brother-in-law a South Indian Vaduga of Nayakkar extraction to succeed him at the instance of his Mahesi Rammaloka the Adigar and Saranankara who had been his teacher and saw an ideal opportunity to promote Buddhism through him, even though it was something unprecedented in Simhale. Thus ended the long line of Sinhala Kings; and the later Kandyan story really begins with the advent of this Telugu Vaduga Nayakkar. Their dominance saw a regular influx of their relations into the court as aspirants to trusted office, inter marrying with the leading Kandyan (Radala) families and being absorbed by them and accepted by the people. "
© "Pilimatalavuvas In The Last Days Of The Kandyan kingdom" by Ananda PilimatalavuvaPilimatalavuva Maha Adikaram was the third son of a family of Kandyan Chieftain who descended from an old established family which served the Sinhalese Kings from ancient times on one side and revived and restored by the assimilation with Royal South Indian nobility who arrived in the Kandyan Kingdom during the reign of Sri Vira Parkrama Narendrasinha of Kundasale. His full name was Pilimatalavuva Vijesundera Rajakaruna Senaviratne Abhayakoon Panditha Mudiyanse alias Urulevatta Agra Senadhipathi alias Arave Pallegampaha Maha Adikaram III. His father and elder brother also served as Maha Adikaram before him.
But the King was now wiser and
strong enough to act against him. Therefore he deprived the
Adigar of all his offices and deposed him of his powers sometime
after mid 1803.
The estranged Adigar sojourned in Saparagamuva for two years and as luck would have it hastened back to Kandy when he heard Sri Vickrama Rajasimha was seized with smallpox and reestablished his power and confidence.
The Adigar had not suffered his disgrace in silence, but continued to plan the King's removal. Hence when he found the British had different ideas and would not fall in line with his, he decided to act alone by bringing the Javanese mercenary guards to assassinate the King and revolt before inviting the English to enter Sinhale and establish a Sinhala dynasty with Mampitiya Bandara the son of King Kirthi Sri Rajasimha and his Yakadadoli Mampitiye Dugganna Unanse as King.
The plot failed as the King was found to be awake when he was expected to be asleep and Yatinuvara and Udunuvara rose prematurely. The charge against Adigar this time therefore was a very serious one.
" King Sri Wickrama Rajasimgha
craftily arranged a trial before a court of chieftains. The
court sat for three days with the king as judge and the chiefs
as jurors at the great Audience Hall or
Magul Maduva ironically in proximity to the Dalada
shrine and the deities of Nata, Maha Vishnu and Pattini. As the
charges were clear the chiefs forced the King to pronounce his
own judgement. The King was ready to forgive the Adigar,
but the Adigar, responded "My Lord my hands are full of
corns as a result of bearing you in them" "It is true" replied
the King "but is it not worse to kill the infant that you have
so long nursed with such watchful care"
His Patriotism And Execution
Sri Wickrama was still willing to pardon the Adigar, once more, provided he took an oath never to act against his government. To every one's surprise the chieftain brimming with patriotism responded by refusing to take the oath and saying he did not plan to hurt the King but only to rescue the country from mismanagement.
It was obvious that his resolve to free the Country of King Sri Wickrama's misrule and the entrenched Vaduga dynasty was so overpowering and indomitable that he preferred death at the hands of the executioner rather than taking an oath not to work against him and be pardoned. "
Immediately in anger the King
ordered his execution and he was taken to the Kumara Hapuwa
where members of the nobility were executed at the foot of
Bahiravakanda, for execution.
After testing the sword himself, the great chieftain is supposed to have told the executioner "I possess the will to make such use of this blade, that in a few minutes the King's officers shall all be prostrate on the ground, but I know to respect law and order".
He was executed in May/June of 1811 and his remains cremated at the family cremation grounds at Alakolange now Pilimatalava. Thus passed away the once powerful chieftain who stood for the protection of the people and was looked upon as the only man who could have brought King Sri vickrama Rajasimha to his senses.
On a sober assessment of the Chieftain at this distance in time it is clear Pilimatalavuva undoubtedly was a patriot and the shrewdest and ablest of the Sinhala leaders with unsurpassed negotiating skills which he used in good measure to out manoeuvre Governor North and the English at every turn.
Governor North and the British losers never forgave him for preventing them from capturing Kandy and therefore described him as 'treacherous, perfidious' and 'unprincipled'. He was ready to betray the king but never the Sinhala kingdom.
SRI RAJADHI RAJA SINGHA
Brother of Kirthi Sri Raja Singha –
Ascended the throne as Sri Rajadhi Raja Singha having come
SRI VIKRAMA RAJA SINGHA 1798-1815 AD – Son of a sister of King Rajadhi Raja Singha’s Queen Upendramma - (beginning of British Colonial era). Sri Vickrama Raja Singha, who ascended the throne was known as Prince Kannasamy, whose father was Venkata Perumal who died before the child was born. The widow, Subhamma, and her son, Kannasamy, came to Lanka on the invitation of her sister, Queen Upendramma, Queen of King Rajadhi Rajasinghe. Their was a rival claimant to succeed King Rajadhi Raja Singha, the brother of Queen Upendramma, who had a stronger claim. However, Pilimatalava, the first Adigar (Prime Minister) saw to it that the South Indian Prince, who was barely 18 years old, was placed on the Kandyan Throne, because he had a deep seated plan to oust him and become king himself and set up a new dynasty of his own. Sri Vikrama Raja Singha did not have the advantage, either of the family background or the preliminary training which the preceeding three kings before him had. He came to the throne “like a flame of fire in darkness” and proceeded to rule “radiating great merit, splendor, authority and prowess and delighted the people with the fourfold virtues, charity, affability, service and impartiality.
Up to the time of Sri Vikrama Raja Singha, the
British who had succeeded the Dutch in the maritimeprovinces
These intrigues were eminently successful. The King,
exasperated by the alternate threats, committed the “desired
act of aggression”. War was at once declared. The king had
fled and the king’s cabinet had also evacuated the city. The
On June 24, 1803, the Adigar massacred the British
troops stationed in
Pilimatalava was succeeded by his nephew, Ehelepola, and as he too began to plot against the king, Sri Vikrama Raja Singha could not tolerate his evil anymore through constant fear of assassination.
When, in 1818, a rebellion broke out in Sabaragamuwa and
Ehelepola was implicated in it, the king ordered the Adigar to
return to the Capital. However, Ehelepola knew the fate that
awaited him and fled to the British in
The whole of
The British started to make extensive preparations for the invasion of the King’s dominion with the assistance of Ehelepola. The principal reasons stated for the invasion were the alleged tyranny of the king and his unwillingness to enter into any terms with the British.
The king, finding the situation hopeless, abandoned the capital and fled to Medamaha-Nuwara, where he took refuge in a house of a peasant. King Sri Vikrama Raja Singha was captured and taken prisoner with his Queen Venkata Angammal.
On Mar 2, 1815, Lanka was ceded to the British under
a treaty called the Kandyan Convention. With Sri Vikrama Raja
Singha ended, not only the last vestige of national freedom
but also a civilization based on an entire and unique
ethno-religious social philosophy, which our forefathers, with
their toil, sweat, blood, and tears, had protected for 2,358
years. The downfall of the
The King was taken to
This section researched and
compiled by the late Dr. Malcolm Jansze of Horana, Sri Lanka
D.P.B. Pilimatalawwe of Kandy d. m Ada Paranagama d.31.8.1993 :-
Nirmali (Thilaka) m Prasad ^Alutwatte^
Tissa m Hema .........
Manique m Brian Georgesz
Victor Emanuel Costa m Allen ......... :-
Jayalath m Kumari Pilimatalawa
K.W. Lloyd Leyenagay m Brenda ......... :-
Shiroma m Ananda Pilimatalwwe
Alfred Pilimatalawe of Menikdiwela d.2.1.1997 m Kamalawathie ......... :-
Wijesundere d. ] m Chitra .........
Jayaweera ] m Rukmani .........
Chandrasiri ] m Latha .........
Ananda ] m Shiroma .........
Gamini ] m Dushanthi .........
Malini m Sunil .........
Sunethra m J.A. Senanayake
Vincent Pilimatalawe of Kandy d. m Irene ......... d. Melbourne, Australia 12.1.1998 :-
Savitri m Maithri Perera (Aust)
Asoka (UK) m Nilanthi .........
Priyangani m Colin Langham (Aust)
gm Shirani & Ranil
......... Pilimatalawe, Maha Adikaram m ......... :-
son, Maha Adikaram
Pilimatalawwe Vijayasundera Rajakaruna Seneviratne Abayakoon Pandith Mudiyanse (Pilimatalawa Maha Adikaram) who follows under
Pilimatalawwe Vijayasundera Rajakaruna Seneviratne Abayakoon Pandith Mudiyanse (Pilimatalawa Maha Adikaram), second adigar (1787), first adigar (1790) executed by King of Kandy in 1811 m ......... :-
dau m Ratwatte Devamadde Nilame
Weeragama Aluthwalauwe Banda Abayekoon m ......... dau Madueawe Pilimatalawa Wijesundera Herath Abayekoon Podi Attanayake Mudiyanselage Loku Banda, Basnayake Nilame, Maha Vishnu Devale, Hanguranketa (descended from Pilimatalawe Dissave, First Adigar to last king of Kandy)
Marshall Joseph Georgesz m Phyllis Jarkey :-
Brian m Manique Pilimatalawa dau D.P.B. Pilimatalawa & Ada Paranagama
Joseph Chrisantha Rukman Cooray & Pamela Christine Alles :-
Roshani m Manoj Pilimatalawwe