List of captains of Portuguese Ceylon

The Portuguese arrived in the Kingdom of Kotte in 1505. By 1518, they had appointed a captain to control the Portuguese-occupied territory called Ceylon on the island of modern-day Sri Lanka. In that time, there were numerous captains until 1551. The post of captain was succeeded by that of the captain-majors in 1551 and by the governor in 1594.

List of captainsEdit

Portrait Name Birth Death Captain from Captain until Sovereign
João da Silveira - - 1518 1518 Manuel I
Lopo de Brito - - 1518 1522 Manuel I
John III
Fernão Gomes de Lemos - - 1522 1524 John III
Vacant - - 1524 1551 John III

See alsoEdit