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Updated September 15, 2008

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The NICOLS of Ceylon are descended from Robert Nicol of Morayshire, Scotland and his wife Mary Bruce - through their son, John Nicol of Inverness, Scotland, through his son Dr. John Inglis Nicol (1789-1849) of Inverness, Scotland, through his son William Macpherson Nicol (1825-1857) and through his son Edward Ellice Nicol (1852-1913) who was born in St. Vincent, Grenadines and arrived in Ceylon circa 1870 in the early days of coffee and tea planting in the island.

Dr. John Inglis Nicol was Provost of Inverness and a bust and portrait of him are present in the Town House, Inverness. He was a prominent surgeon in Inverness and died helping patients during the cholera epidemic in 1849.

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  • Dr. John Inglis Nicol (993 KB)
    This is a portrait of Dr. Nicol, that hangs in the Town House, Inverness, Scotland. The portrait was painted by Robert Innes of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Edward Ellice Nicol (671 KB)
    Photo of Edward Ellice Nicol, grandson of Dr. John Inglis Nicol. Photo taken in Ceylon. He was born in St. Vincent & the Grenadines in 1852 and died in Dec 1913 in Ceylon. He was one of the pioneers of tea planting in Ceylon and died whilst Manager of Ragalla Estate in Halgranoya. He was quoted as being a man of considerable personal charm and was very popular with his fellow planters.
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