Dr. Brendon Gooneratne will speak on ‘History of Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingodm’ in the 40th lecture in the Monthly Lecture series of the National Trust of Sri Lanka to be held on Thursday, May 31. The venue will be the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m.
Dr. Gooneratne is a Doctor of Medicine, research scientist, author, environmentalist ,historian, collector and expert on old books and maps of Ceylon.
He has travelled the length and breadth of Sri Lanka and studied and written about its wild life, history and environment. He has written four books on History and one on Medicine for Butterworths of London.
In this lecture Dr. Gooneratne will give an account of Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingdom. Robert Knox sailed on his father’s ship which was trading under the English East India Company. In 1659 at the end of a trading venture in India, the main mast of the ship was lost in a cyclone off the south coast of India and the ship limped with difficulty onto the Kottiyar Bay in Trincomalee for repairs.
He was captured and detained by the King of Kandy for nearly twenty years. Dr. Gooneratne will speak on the experiences of Knox and his companions during their stay in the Kandyan Kingdom as recorded by him following his escape.