The founder of the Ondaatje family in Ceylon was Michael Jurgen Ondaatje, who was born at arcot in Southern India, and sent to Colombo at the request of the first Dutch Governor of Ceylon Adrian Van Der Meyden. He married a Portuguese lady Magdalene De Croos born in Colombo of Portuguese parents. He had 3 sons and 3 daughters by her.On her death in 1688 he married a native lady by whom he had 7 children.One of his sons was Phillip Jurgen Ondaatje, translator to the govrnment in Ceylon. Phillip's elder son was Rev William Jurgen Ondaatje who was educated at the Colombo seminary and later at the University of Utrecht. Rev William Ondaatje married Miss Hermina Quint, and he died in 1793. Their son Peter or Quint Ondaatje was born on 18 June 1758. In 1773 he was sent to Utrecht for studies, and was a Civil Servant in the East India Service. He died on April 30 1818. He left 2 sons Johannes Elaardus Ondaatje and Peter Phillip Portman Ondaatje who was an engineer in Batavia and knighted by the King of Holland in 1890. Michael Ondaatje the renowned author and Booker prize winner is descendant from this line as is his brother Christopher. There is refernce to the Ondaatje family in Christopher Ondaatje's book "The man eater of Punanai 1992. ISBN 0-00-215747-0. A profile on Peter Quint Ondaatje from which the details above were taken is in the Ceylon Antiquary and Literary Register Vol IX Part 1 July 1923 Pages 22 to 30.