The Dutch Governor Lubbert Baron Van Eck, appointed Anthony Rowel as the Maha Vidane & Mohandiram of Alutkuru Korale by an instrument dated Colombo 1763, and in the same year for services rendered in the Kandyan expedition he was made Mudliyar of the same district on the recommendation of Jan Jugen Faber. Miguel Rowel , third son of Anthony , succeeded his father as Mohandiram of the same district and Warnakula Weerassoriya Jayatiilake Elias Warnakula Aditya Arsanillitta Ambrosius de Rowel was the son of Carolis , Notary Public.
He was born in Waikkal in 1834, and after being educated privately, he assisted his father in notarial duties and in the supervision of his coconut & tobacco plantations. In 1871 he succeeded his father as Notary Public, was appointed as Mohandiram of Pitigal Korale in 1876, Titular Mudliyar in 1887, and Mudliyar in 1895. Two years later, he became justice of peace and Mudilyar of the governor’s gate. He was a member of the agricultural society and of the district board committee and before his death, which took place in 1906, he was specially commended by the governor for his faithful services.
He married Maria, daughter of Robert Lowe of Marawila in 1872 and their elder daughter, Dorothy Julianna married F. A Wijesekera J.P and U.P.M and president of the village tribunal of Salpita Korale while Rosalind, the second daughter married Martin Daberara , Mudliyar of Pitigal Korale South of Waikkal.
Michelia Lowe ( another daughter of Robert Lowe), was married to our great grand father’s brother, Warnakula Aditta Arsanilaitta Don Alvinu Perera, who lived at ‘Alvin Grove’, Perera Road, Marawila (see photo below).
Warnakulasuriya Martin Daberara Mudilyar of Pitigal Korale South, was the son of W. Sylvester Daberera, landed proprietor of Waikkal and Celestine - daughter of Carolis Rowel notary public. He was born in 1880 and was educated at St Joseph’s college.
In 1900, he was appointed Fiscal Marshal of Pitigal Korale South. He acted as Mudliyar on various occasions and succeeded his father in law, Ambrosius De Rowel in that position in 1906 and was the youngest Mudliyar in the service. In 1902 he married Roselind Prudentia De Rowel, youngest daughter of late Mudliyar Ambrosius De Rowel. His official residence was “Wasala Walauwa” in Waikkal.
by W.A.A.Don Nimal Sri Marius Perera of ‘Alvin Grove’, Marawila.
Presently in Melbourne .
Ancestral home of W.A.A. Don Perera family of Kasikaramulla, Marawila
Kshatriya Maha Sabha, Sri Lanka