Donald William Ferguson

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Korrespondenz anzeigen

Zitiervorschlag: De Silva Jayasuriya, Shihan (2015): Donald William Ferguson. In Bernhard Hurch (Hrsg.): Hugo Schuchardt Archiv. Online unter https://gams.uni-graz.at/o:hsa.person.1478, abgerufen am 08. 06. 2023. Handle: hdl.handle.net/11471/518.10.2.1478.


Die Korrespondenz zwischen Donald Ferguson und Hugo Schuchardt wurde von Shihan DE SILVA JAYASURIYA bearbeitet, kommentiert und eingeleitet.



Donald Ferguson was the Co-Proprietor and Co-Editor of the Ceylon Observer, a leading newspaper. He was an accomplished linguist and historian (Hulugalle 2004: 299). Ferguson was born in Ceylon but educated in England and had acquired a good working knowledge of Portuguese, French, German and Dutch. After returning to Ceylon, he also acquired the local languages, Sinhala and Tamil. His translations and footnotes on Portuguese works such as “The History of Ceylon, from the Earliest Times to 1600 AD, by João de Barros and Diogo de Couto” are testimony to his scholarship.


Although the Ferguson Collection is held at the University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), the letters of Hugo Schuchardt are not found there.

Briefedition und Kommentare

The letters from Donald Ferguson to Schuchardt (Library numbers 03019 - 03025) date from 1888 and 1895. Additionally, Schuchardt received a letter sent from Eaton (Correspondent number 415) to Donald Ferguson.

The initiative of the correspondence was apparently taken by Schuchardt. The letters from Ferguson to Schuchardt are written in English.


Hulugalle, H. A. J. 2004. Selected Journalism. Colombo: Arjuna Hulugalle Dictionaries.

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