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Tea and EmpireJames Taylor in Victorian Ceylon$
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Angela McCarthy and T. M. Devine

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119056

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119056.001.0001

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A Scottish effect?

A Scottish effect?

(p.198) 9 A Scottish effect?
Tea and Empire

Angela McCarthy

T.M. Devine

Manchester University Press

James Taylor, of his fellow countrymen, had the most impact on the history of Sri Lanka but he was by no means the only Scot to make his mark there. Indeed, a tradition emerged within the British community that Scots, especially those from the northeast Lowlands, had been the master builders par excellence of the coffee economy until its final collapse in the 1880s. The accolade was also repeated during the period of tea cultivation which has thus far been mainly overlooked by scholars in assessments of the Scottish contribution to Sri Lanka. We document here why and how Ceylon came to be seen as a ‘Scotch colony’ in the nineteenth century and how the modern nation of Sri Lanka continues to remember aspects of its previous Scottish influence.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka, Coffee, Tea, Plantation estate names, Scottish migration, Scottishness, Scottish networking, Churches, Cemeteries, Tea bungalows

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