The Ceylon Chronicle

The Ceylon Chronicle was a short-lived English-language newspaper in Ceylon. The newspaper started on 3 May 1837 with Rev. Samuel Owen Glenie as editor.[1][2] Rev. Glenie was the Anglican Colonial Chaplain of St. Paul's Church and later Archdeacon of Colombo.[3][4] Although owned privately by a group of civil servants, the newspaper took a pro-government stance and had the support of senior government officials.[3][5] Governor Robert Wilmot-Horton, Treasurer Temple, Postmaster General George Lee, Acting Chief Justice Sergeant Rough, Auditor General Henry Marshall and Proctor Henry Staples all wrote for the newspaper.[1] The Ceylon Chronicle was a counter-weight to The Observer and Commercial Advertiser which opposed the government.[3][6]

The Ceylon Chronicle
Founded3 May 1837 (1837-05-03)
Political alignmentPro-government
Ceased publication3 September 1838 (1838-09-03)
OCLC number751749270

Rev. Glenie stepped down as editor after his bishop objected and was succeeded by Postmaster General George Lee.[3][7] The newspaper ceased publication on 3 September 1838.[3] The Chronicle′s printing press was bought by Mackenzie Ross who started The Ceylon Herald four days later on 7 September 1838.[3]


  1. ^ a b Martyn, John H. (1923). Notes on Jaffna - Chronological, Historical, Biographical (PDF). Tellippalai: American Ceylon Mission Press. pp. 205–206. ISBN 81-206-1670-7.
  2. ^ Indrajit Banerjee, Stephen Logan, ed. (2008). Asian Communication Handbook 2008. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. p. 447. ISBN 9789814136105.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Significant events in May: An English newspaper". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 30 April 2006.
  4. ^ "Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Colombo". Anglican Communion. 7 September 2007.
  5. ^ Jayatilleke, Rohan (8 August 2004). "The birth pangs of 'The Fourth Estate'". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka).
  6. ^ Scott, Andrew (15 May 2012). "Newspapers and journals in early Sri Lanka". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  7. ^ "Periodicals and Newspapers in Ceylon" (PDF). Journal of the Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon. XXXI (4): 149. April 1942.