Charles Edward & Henry Peter John Layard were the sons of the Rev. Charles Peter Layard, the Dean of Bristol they were both in the CCS and arrived in Ceylon in 1804 & 1803. Henry Married a Miss Austen and their son was the famous archaelogist, Sir Henry Austen Layard of Nineveh fame.Charles Edward married Barbara Bridgetina Mooyart and had 26 children!!He had a house in Kalutara where he was collector called 'Mount Layard'..His eldest son was Sir C.P Layard. G.A of the western province etc.Layards Broadway is named after him.His son , was Sir Chas. Peter Layard Attorney General . C.E Layard was guardian to the children of Dr Abraham White.C.P Layard sen. married Louisa Edwards his cousin.This distinguished family held many important posts in Ceylon and seem to have contributed much. 


Dear Mary Jane,

Thanks very much for details of the Internet site about the above, but I note that it refers to H.A. Layard's grandmother as being 'Spanish'. If one looks up the Austin family tree on the S. L website it will be noticed that this lady was in fact, Portuguese. Many of these Portuguese families who were in India and Ceylon since the 16th centuries had native blood with intermarriage, it seemed unavoidable, given the time they had spent in these countries. The wife of Sir Edward Winter, Governor of Fort St. George during the reign of King Chas. 1st of England was possibly one such and many others.Even ,now. folk often refer to their 'Portuguese' ancestry when it is most apparent from their appearance that they are of mixed race. I recently saw a fine portrait of one such 'Portuguese' family when this seemed so. I supposed the word Portuguese was used as British is now?

Anne Winter Williams, UK Anne.,nor.

Hi, Just wondering how many of the 26 children were CE Layards, were some of them his guardians. Could someone look up the birth register to see how may Layard births? He was the guardian of 7 Abraham White and Elizabeth Theodora (Driberg) children and I believe guardian to 7 of Charles Driberg - Elizabeth's brother's children. Does anyone know the death of Charles Driberg and his wife who I believe died on the same day must have been after 1818 when Abraham White died as Elizabeth and Charles along with CE Layard are mentioned on Abraham's will.
Thanks for all the help I have been given on this site.

Come this January (2004) I will be taking a trip to Sri Lanka with my wifes family, and I would like to find out about my own family history in Sri Lanka. I have recently recieved a Great Great Aunts Obit from the Ceylon Post (probably the wrong name) and was looking for more information primarily on The Layards one of wich being Barbara (year of death escapes me know) and the Family estate in Nuwara Eliya "Grimsthorpe". I know there was some relatives in the CCS. Could someone help me out, with more information.

Thank you
Brent Fossett



Look up my message of 5th November and Maryjanes of 6th Nov. and yu will find URL of Henry Austen/Austin  Layard of Nineveh .Genea. details are in my 

message/ Will send you long details of C.E Layards by snail mail as even if I fax it is faint and will not come out. You can add in later anyway.Some of his 

children were: 2nd son of Sir C.E Layard was Capt. Henry Lewis Layard of Ceylon Rifles b-1.4.1808 and d.24.2.1871 who married Catherine Thurtle Dent on 

31.12.1835. They had Henrietta Layard b.6.9.1843 who died 22.8.1844. and son, George Lewis Layard b.27.8.1842 d 11.11.1842. He later became merchant of Colombo of 

Darley,Butler & Co.


Another son of C.E Layard was Brownlow Edward Layard Capt. of HM Ceylon Rifles b.18.4.1820 and d.21.2.1890. he married 1stly-on 19.6.1839 , Emily Kensington 

who died 17.11.1840 aged 23 and was buried at Galle face burial ground. secondly on 18.10.1842 to Caroline Fenton, niece of 1st wife and Thirdly, to L.H 

Carter on 10.1.1854.


3rd son of C.E Layard was Frederick- b.25.9.1823 d.27.1.1872 in Venice.He married Rosamund Eliz. Lloyd at Llangattock in Carms. Wales . He was appt. 

Writer on 1.1.1846- Police Magistrate, Matara 1847- Asst. G.A. Kandy-1849 Dist. Judge- Kalutara,1851 & Asst. G.A, Matale in 1857 & A.G.A Badulla- 1858. 

They had dau. Rosa b-28.6.1857 at Matale also twin daughters born and died on 26.11.1858 buried in churchyard of St Marks, Badulla.(memorial)


13th child of C.E Layard was James Gay Layard of CCS retd. 28.2.1851 and died 28.11.94 He married Anne Campbell on 8.12.1846 and had James Frederick 

Layard, eldest son, b.21.10.1848 and died 25.6.1873 aged 25 yrs memorial in Chundikuli churchyard in Jaffna.


See my message of 6th Nov for details of C.E Layard.//God knows what happened to the others as C.E had 23 kids by his Mooyart wife. Childbirth Olympics. She 

was therefore preggers for 207 months!!!!

So many will thank you and me one day whom we may never hear from!!!




Dear Fazli, 

I dont really understand but my message is on the SL GenWeb site and the 

Message Board where it says ENTER NOW!! Anyway the URL is:

I hope this is what yu want???

The other sent by MaryJane on 6th 


This is on her message of the 6th Nov on that same board as above.

Barbara Bridgetina Layard died Sept 20 1845 aged 56 yrs. and was buried in 

Galle Face burial ground she was wife of C.E Layard.She was 4th child of 

Gualterus Mooyaart ,Administrateur of Jaffna under VOC and was born there on Feb.20,1789 and married on Dec.9th,1804 and had 26 kids by her hubby, C. E

Layard below who was 20 when he married her.

They  had dau. Francis Georgina Layard who died Sept.13,1845 aged 19 yrs. and Sir Charles Peter Layard. KCMG entered CCS in 1828 and served for 50 yrs. He 

died July 17, 1893 and has memorial in St Peter;s church, Fort.For 30 years he was Govt. Agent for Western prov. "The memorial was erected by members of the 

CCS and a few personal friends in recognition of his high character, his public worth, and his many private virtues."His mother as above was kin to the 

French Grays as the first I think married Ursula Mooyaart.He father C.E Layard lived at 'Bagatelle' near Cinnamon Gardens and was supposedly a very rich man 

owning ruby mines, coffee plantations etc and very kind obviously and generous as he was guardian to the children of Dr Abraham White and probably the Von 

Dribergs who were left orphans when they lost both parents on same day.This is on my Von Driberg messages on same board as above.C.E Layard also had a house 

called 'Mount Layard' on left bank of river in Kalutara where he was Collector in 1808-1814(Query was this the Teak bungalow of later years

Sandy Austin's tree gives the details of the ancestry of wife of H.P.J Layard. CCS who was older brother of C.E Layard and married a Miss

Austen/Austin? and their son was Henry Austen Layard of Nineveh fame.Father of both C.E & H.P.J was the Rev Charles Peter Layard, Dean of Bristol. Eldest son of Sir Chas.Peter whose memorial is above was also C.P Layard 

andG.A of western Prov. and educated at St Johns Coll. Cambridge. entering the CCS in 1830.Layard's Broadway, Colombo is named after him.He had a son also 

called Sir Chas. Peter Layard  who was Attorney General of Ceylon 1892-1902 and Chief Justice 1902-1906  C.P Layard senior  married on May 29, 1830, his cousin, 

Louisa, dau. of Capt. Clement Martin Edwards,Ceylon Regt. who was on staff of Sir Thomas Maitland 1805-1811 Edwards had married a sister of C.E & H.P.J 





LAYARD, SIR AUSTEN HENRY (1817f 894), British author

and diplomatist, the excavator of Nineveh, was born in Paris on the 5th of March 1817. The Layards were of Huguenot descent. His father, Henry P. J. Layard, of the Ceylon Civil Service, was the son of Charles Peter Layard, dean of Bristol, and grandson of Daniel Peter Layard, the physician. Through his mother, a daughter of Nathaniel Austen, banker, of Ramsgate, he inherited Spanish blood. This strain of cosmopolitanism must have been greatly strengthened by the circumstances of his education. Much of his boyhood was spent in Italy, where he received part of his schooling, and acquired a taste for the fine arts and a love of travel; but he was at school also in England, France and Sw-itzerland. After spending nearly six years in the office of his uncle, Benjamin Austen, a solicitor, he was tempted to leave England for Ceylon by the prospect of obtaining an appointment in the civil service, and he started in 1839 with the intention of making an overland journey across Asia. After wandering for many months, chiefly in Persia, and having abandoned his intention of proceeding to Ceylon, he returned in 1842 to Constantinople, where he made the acquaintance of Sir Stratford Canning, the British ambassador, who employed him in various unofficial diplomatic missions in European Turkey. In 1845, encouraged and assisted by Canning, Layard left Constantinople to make those explorations among the ruins of Assyria with which his name is chiefly associated. This expedition was in fulfilment of a design which he had formed, when, during his former travels in the East, his curiosity had been greatly excited by the ruins of Nimrud on the Tigris, and by the great mound of Kuyunjik, near Mosul, already partly excavated by Botta. Layard remained in the neighbourhood of Mosul, carrying on excavations at Kuyunjik and Nimrud, and investigating the condition of various tribes, until 1847; and, returning to England in 1848, published Nineveh and its Remains:

wit/i an A ccount of a Visit to tile Chaldaean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or Devil-worshippers; and an Inquiry into the 3laii ncrs and Arts of the Ancient Ass yrians (2 vols.,I8481849). To illustrate the antiquities described in this work he published a large folio volume of Illnstrations of the Monuments of Nineveh (I 849). After spending a few months in England, and receiving the degree of D.C.L. from the university of Oxford, Layard returned to Constantinople as attach to the British embassy, and, in August 1849, started on a second expedition, in the course of which he extended his investigations tc the ruins of Babylon and the mounds of southern Mesopotamia. His record of this expedition, Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, which was illustrated by another folio volume, called A Second Series of the itlonnments of Ninevek, was published in 1853. During these expeditions, often in circumstances of great difficulty, Layard despatched to England the splendid specimens which now form the greater part of the collection of Assyrian antiquities in the British Museum. Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kuyunjik as the site of Nineveh, and in providing a great mass of materials for scholars to work upon, these two books of Layards are among the bestwritten books of travel in the language.

Layard now turned to politics. Elected as a Liberal member for Aylesbury in 1852, he was for a few weeks under-secretary for foreign affairs, but afterwards freely criticized the governnlent, especially in connexion with army administration. He was present in the Crimea during the war, and was a member of the committee appointed to inquire into the conduct of the expedition. In 1855 he refused from Lord Palmerston an office not connected w-ith foreign affairs, was elected lord rector 01 Aberdeen university, and on 15th June moved a resolution in the House of Commons (defeated by a large majority) declaring that in public appointments merit had been sacrificed to private influence and an adherence to routine. After being defeated at Aylesbury in 1857, he visited India to investigate the causes of the Mutiny. He unsuccessfully contested York in 1859, but was elected for Southwark in 1860, and from 1861 to 1866 was onder-secretary for foreign affairs in the successive administralions of Lord Palmerston and Lord John Russell. In 1866 hi

was appointed a trustee of the British Museum, and in 1868 chief commissioner of works in W. E. Gladstones government and a member of the Privy Council. He retired from parliament in 1869, on being sent as envoy extraordinary to Madrid. In 1877 he was appointed by Lord Beaconsfield ambassador at Constantinople, where he remained until Gladstones return to power in 1880, when he finally retired from public life. In 1878, on the occasion of the Berlin conference, he received the grand cross of the Bath. Layards political life was somewhat stormy. His manner was brusque, and his advocacy of the causes which he had at heart, though always perfectly sincere, was vehement to the point sometimes of recklessness. Layard retired to Venice, where he devoted much of his time to collecting pictures of the Venetian school, and to writing on Italian art. On this subject he was a disciple of his friend G. Morelli, whose views he embodied in his revision of F. Kuglers Handbook of Painting, Italian Schools (1887). He wrote also an introduction to Miss Ffoulkess translation of Morellis Italian Painters (1892-1893), and edited that part of Murrays Handbook of Rome (1894) which deals with pictures. In 1887 he published, from notes taken at the time, a record of his first journey to the East, entitled Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana and Babylonia. An abbreviation of this work, which as a book of travel is even more delightful than its predecessors, was published in 1894, shortly after the authors death, with a brief introductory notice by Lord Aberdare. Layard also from time to time contributed papers to various learned societies, including the Huguenot Society, of which he was first president. He died in London on

the 5th of July 1894. (A. GL.)