Travel to Sri Lanka: Kandy: Christian Cemeteries: Photo 9
Oteline Rudd (1820-1857) came from a Dutch family that, unlike many others, didn't leave for Batavia when the British took over in Ceylon. Instead, she married Billy Rudd, a Norfolkshire planter. Nothing more is apparently known of her, but Billy Rudd was "a cheery old boy, and always amusing, with a considerable contempt for the amenities of the English language as spoken." He lost his fortune utterly: "Billy Rudd, whose domains, both in India and Ceylon, covered whole mountain ranges and provinces, [was] reduced to utter poverty. I have sat at Billy's board, I have drunk his champagne, and listened to his anecdotes and Latin quotations until my sides ached with laughter... I met him in Kandy after the crash, when he told me with a heavy sigh, but with a manly and cheerful countenance, that they--I suppose his creditors--had not left him with a chair to sit on."
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