I have seen the very lovely house on Koggala lake bought by a descendant of Governor Robert Brownrigg who finally defeated the Kandyan Kingdom. He was born in Ireland and supposed to be rather unimaginative and became incensed when some native merchants who visited Kandy had their ears and noses cut off as supposed spies by the King. He apparently gave orders that all men and boys over 18 should not be spared after the Uva rebellion One Lankan lady commentator goes further saying the order was that not even mothers with suckling babes should be spared?? It is said that thousands died and that the crops etc were to be burnt. However, what happened to Ehelepola's wife defies description as not only had she to watch her young sons being decapitated but was made to pound their heads in a mortar and when she fainted was drowned. Criminals were tethered by each leg to cocoanut palms bent and tied down. When the ties were taken off the palms the prisoners were torn apart. So was this the paradaisical, Kandyan Kingdom ruled by a cruel, sadistic monarch requiring Rajakariya with ever plotting chieftains seeking superiority in a strict caste system that the British found? What puzzles me having learned Lankan history is that the so called Sinhala monarch was almost 99% Malabari/Tamil than Sinhala, the Kings of Kandy having continuously taken Malabari brides and concubines. This seemed to me a simple measure to deter the South Indian Tamil Kings who had continuouslyattacked, ravaged and laid waste the ancient cities of Pollanaruwa, Anuradhapura etc.For why would they want to attack a land ruled by their own relatives such as Duraisamy and the King? Kandy had many dewales(Hindu temples) and Nayyakars who I believe were Hindu priests.I have seen on the Sri Lanka genealogy site that in fact the Dias Bandaranaike family had such a Hindu ancestor, Bandara Nayyakar?? My own were Dissanaikes were they also Nayyakars A Lankan historian, one Mr Maithriratne? wrote a dissertation claiming that the British brought the Roman Catholics?? Please, my own ancestor, George Winter,brought the first C.M.S missionaries to Baddegama where they built Christ church and the school there which still thrives. He was an Anglican of the church of England. Methodists and Baptists also arrived at this time from England. The Roman Catholics arrived with the Portuguese much earlier. The British promised to protect Buddhism which they did. There is a Buddhist religious place next to Christchurch on that hill.My grandfather Alfred Winter donated and supported both this church and the Buddhist temple since my grandmother was a Buddhist. Moreover this author says that all the Sinhala and Tamil schools were closed when those famous CMS schools in Colombo were later founded such as Ladies College and St Thomas's. I had always believed that all Sinhala and Tamil villages always had their own schools?? At Ladies College I was fortunate to know girls of all nations, Burmese,Norwegian, English, Burgher, Tamil and Sinhalese etc. There were 3 streams teaching in the Tamil, Sinhala and English mediums and we all spokeEnglish together.There were Parsees, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians etc. We were all happy, young school girls and classmates when neither religion nor ethnicity mattered. Happy days were they when the pink Acacia trees along Flower road bloomed and dropped their petals which fell like confetti upon the pavements we walked along. It would be wonderful if folk in Lanka learned more about each others religions and had their eyes opened and stop being such bigots. We arehere on this life sustaining Planet earth together and if we destroy it as we continue to do, who will there be to worship? Concentrate together instead on this urgent and very important matter which will have a huge impact on our children's future.