Rather late in the day, I have come across your fascinating exchange of information with Hugh Karunanayake concerning William Skeen (1822-1872), Govt Printer in Ceylon.
William's father, Robert (1797-1879), was also a printer - in Clerkenwell, London. Robert published his autobiography in 1876, which runs to fifty pages. In it he talks not only about William in Ceylon, but also William's various brothers and sisters – including one brother who was an early settler in NZ (in 1843), and another who was ordained by the Bishop of Down in 1869.
Robert was apprenticed to a printer, Mr Lochhead in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, as were his brothers William, Alexander and John. This William was my 3x great grandfather - who later had a distinguished career as a journalist in London.
I have a lot of information on this family of Skeens, going back to their roots in Elgin, north east Scotland, where their ancestor, an earlier Robert Skeen, was born in 1727.
Going back to William (1822-1872): he married twice, both times at the church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London. His first wife was Louisa Matilda Kemp (b. 1821/2, d. pre-1865), whom he married on 11/7/1845. Their children were William Lewis Henry (b. 1/7/1847), George Lewis Athelstan (b. 1852/3, d. 11/7/1906), Robert (b. 1856/7), Louisa Justina Mary (b. 19/9/1858), and Frederick Albert Edward (b. 29/4/1861). His second wife was Frances Elizabeth Ann Johnson (b. 1821/2; d. 12/12/1899), whom he married on 17/6/1865; they had no children that I am aware of.
William (1822-1872) was baptised into the Moravian Church, which his parents, Robert and Sarah, had joined in Sept 1820 – they were members of the Fetter Lane Moravian Congregation, City of London. The Moravians were not, however, allowed to get married in their church, so marriage ceremonies at that time had to take place in an Anglican church in the parish - hence the use of St Dunstan's.
Please feel free to ask for more info; I’ve got quite a lot of it, which I shall be delighted to share. Meanwhile, you might be interested to know that I am in touch with descendants of William (1822-1872)'s brothers Robert and James, among others.