|About The Bunny Taylor Family tree
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This Site is a Tribute to my Grandmother Mrs. Elizabeth Margaret (Elsie) Pereira nee Baldesing
This site is complied with information received from living relatives and is not in any way
intended to offend any individual or family. My Sincere thanks to the following for their
Annesley Abraham, Benita Pietersz, Bridget Kumarapperuma, Chryso Abraham, Dagmar Abraham, Dinesh
Ludwick, Gordon Taylor, Jacintha DeBruin, Jennifer Abraham, Mariz Fernando, Patricia De Silva,
Paulette Nugara, Rosie Kumar, Trevor Perera.
I have compiled a list of Medical Conditions that run in the family, contact me if you need any
help on Family Medical History.
Taylor’s were originally Anglican, some members of the family became members of the (DRC)
Dutch Reform Church (Presbyterian). Some converted to the Catholic Church like the authors
siblings. Author remained a member of the DRC his children were baptized at the DRC Maligakande in
Baldesing’s and Pereira's are all Catholics.
Bridget Pereira converted to Buddhism through marriage.
Oliver Taylor Changed his name from Taylor to Tirimanne and became a Buddhist for reasons
Nevertheless according to a ruling by Chief Justice of Ceylon, Sir Richard Ottley in 1883:
If the male ancestors were Dutch, Portuguese and or other Europeans, whoever may have been the
female parents, if the parents were married, the offspring would be Burgher.
There are some Baldesing/Pereira clan members living in Trincomalee. There are two spellings
(Baldsing and Baldesing)
There are two known Taylor clans in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), one in the up-country region of Kandy and
the other (our clan) in the lowland region of Colombo.
The Burgher people of (Ceylon) Sri Lanka:
Are the Eurasian descendants of Portuguese, Dutch, British colonists and other Europeans from the
16th to 21st centuries.
The term Burgher was legally defined by Chief Justice of Ceylon, Sir Richard Ottley, in an
authoritative pronouncement, when he gave evidence before the Commission which was appointed in
connection with the establishment of a Legislative Council in Ceylon in 1883. He stated that,
"The name Burgher belongs to the descendants of the Dutch, Portuguese and other Europeans born in
Ceylon, and the right to distinction must not be decided by the Country from which their father or
paternal ancestor came. So whatever the number of generations through which the family has passed
in this Island, if the male ancestors were Dutch, Portuguese and or other Europeans, whoever may
have been the female parents, if the parents were married, the offspring would be Burgher. If the
parents were not married, the country of the mother would decide the question. If the right to be
denominated Burgher be once lost by the legitimate father being a Sinhalese or other Indian, it
cannot be recovered."
Various types of cousin relationships:
o First cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.
o Second cousins have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
o Third cousins have in common two great great grandparents and their ancestors.
When cousins descend from common ancestors by a different number of generations they
are called “removed.”
o Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. Your mother's first cousin
would be your first cousin, once removed. She is one generation younger than your
grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents.
o Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. Your grandmother's first
cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two
Half and Step Relationships:
Half relationships exist between individuals who have a common ancestor but descend from different
spouses of that ancestor. For example, half-brothers may have the same father but different
or the same mother but different fathers. The children of these half-brothers would be half-
cousins, because they share only one of the grandparents. Half-relationships are still considered
consanguineous (blood) relationships along the line which the two individuals share.
Step relationships (including "in-law" relationships) are relationships, which occur through
marriage. Your relationships with your step-relatives are not consanguineous as they are only
related to you through marriage, not blood. They are not considered a part of your direct or
lines, but they can still be an important part of your family tree
Sri Lanka, is one of the smallest of the South Asian nations,
29 km southeast of India across the Palk Strait in the
Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka was not the name by which the
Island was always known.
The Greeks and Romans knew it as Taprobane,
The Arabian sailors as Serendib,
The early Europeans in Asia as Zeilan or Seilan,
The Portuguese as Ceylao,
The Sikhs as Singhadeep
And the British as Ceylon.
The Island nation has also been referred to as
"The Pearl of the Indian Ocean"
Ancient names for Sri Lanka, 1972 AD
Ceylon (English) 1796 AD
Ceilon (Dutch) 1656 AD
Cilao (Portuguese) 1505 AD
Pa-outchow (Chinese) 1407 AD
Ilankai (Thamil) 1284 AD
Serendib (Arabic) 0622 AD
Lanka (Sanskrit) 4713 BC
Sihala (Pali) 0543 BC
Taprobane (Greek) 0336 BC
Lakdiva (Sinhala) 0307 BC
Area total: 65,610 sq km
Coastline: 1,340 km