Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.



Although Kalpitiya came under the Colombo dessave, the letters from the chief of that fortress have not been filed with those from the Colombo outposts, but were kept separately. In the outward series this system was not followed and the letters to Kalpitiya are found among those to the Colombo outposts, nos. 1844 et ff.
The Kandyan king always had a chief at Puttalam who was often called "dessave". After the treaty with Kandy in 1766 , new regulations had to be made, to safeguard the districts which had come under the Ceylon Dutch Government. According to an order from Batavia, new instructions were compiled and sanctioned by the Governor in Council on 2nd August 1773 [1]. According to these instructions, it became the duty of the "commandant" (or "opperhoofd", with the rank of "koopman") in Kalpitiya, apart from his position in the town, to supervise the entire district. He was also chairman of the "landraad".
The "resident" of the fort "Putulang" or Puttalam, who had the rank of "boekhouder", was independent of the "commandant" within his town limits. In all matters outside the town, however, he had to follow the orders of the "commandant". He was the scriba of the "landraad", and he had to submit a report to the Central Government in Colombo every month independently of the "commandant" in Kalpitiya.