Well everyone i was posed an interesting question and replied in kind recently. Thought it is worthwile sharing with everyone, howvere the person that posed the question will be the only one who knows that asked.
What must be remembered about the classification of ‘Dutch Burgher’ is that it was instituted by the British as a derogative term. In essence you are less than British; it did not mean their origin was Dutch but rather all people of the Dutch Administration Period and of European extraction. This was further exacerbated by the British Social system and social groups rather than historical groups like the Dutch Burgher Union which further divided people, by status, job, colour of skin etc. To this so called ‘British rejects’ were added to Dutch Burgher Families because they married down (their perception).
The fact that when the Dutch Administration first came to Ceylon, were all made up of men and that they would marry the local population has all been swept under the carpet by many brought up under the British Social System.
Whilst my Grandma and her sisters were very much of this staunch look, I cannot totally blame them for their wrong attitudes as it was a product of their upbringing and the way things were considered. Because I was not born in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) I have the benefit of being able to look at things in terms of facts and openness to all people being equal and their position or standing is based on their ability rather than the colour of skin or whom their parents are. I was born in Australia and am proud to be an Ozzie, and equally proud of all the other countries I have connection to, by blood and heritage.
As I say to many people, my reports are all in black and white, I do not discriminate and I aim to reflect the facts, correct errors and omissions so that everyone whom is connected gets what is right and theirs. My database started off with the ‘Dutch Burgher’ families (because I was tracing my grandmother’s lines) and has grown to include anyone and everyone connected to Ceylon/Sri Lanka. I am more than proud that whilst I have people of the ‘Dutch Burgher’ classification, that I have Singhalese blood, possibly some Portuguese blood, European, Irish and all from my mother’s side, from my Fathers side it’s all Dutch blood lines into Friesland.
So in answer to your question based on the info you provided, if you wish to call yourself a ‘Dutch Burgher’ it would be incorrect as this class does not continue for new generations and I am sure you are proud of your connection to Holland and don’t see it as derogatory. If however you have someone in your ancestors that is of the ‘Dutch Burgher’ class than you can claim you have some people of Dutch Burgher within your lines. The people of the ‘Dutch Burgher’ community are certainly a mixed group of heritage, colour and background. As much as it is important to educate the ‘Dutch Burgher’ descendantsabout the facts it is equally important that those not of a ‘Dutch Burgher’ heritage understand and don’t repeat the very discrimination that the older generations can be accused of and are a product of the “order of things’ then.
Therefore I ask you, do you wish to be a person of many cultures and heritages taking the good with the bad and celebrating with people all that you are and all that you can be? For histories past mistakes we cannot ignore them, we certainly can learn by them and make sure they never happen again.