Charles Edward LAYARD 
- Born: 18 Oct 1786, London
- Christened: Mar 1787, St Martin in the Fields LND MDX
- Marriage (1): Barbara Brigentia MOOYART  on 9 Dec 1804 in Colombo Ceylon.
- Died: 5 May 1852, Boulogne-sur-Mer France aged 65
Charles Edward Layard.
Went to Ceylon between 1803-4. Second Assistant to the Agent of Revenue, Jaffna; between 14 March 1804 - 1814, Collector, Kalutara; Between 1814 - 1815, Provincial Judge, Trincomalee; between 1815 - 1816, Controller- of Customs; between 1822 - 1824, Provincial Judge,Galle; between 1825 - 1828, Collector,Colombo; between 1828 - 1832, Paymaster-: between 1836 - 15 July 1839, District Judge, Colombo North. He retired 15 July 1839 of "Mount Layard" issue 26 children, 21 survived infancy.
Extract of Death Certificate.
Charles Edward Layard
Date of death: 5 May 1852 at 11.30 hours
Profession: Property owner.
Address: 10 rue Belterre, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Image Courtesy: J L Herasimenko 2018.
1. Charles Edward Layard: Charles Home in Colombo, Abt 1832, Bagatelle Road Colombo Ceylon.
By Dr. A.R.B. Amerasinghe.
Supreme Court Judge of Ceylon retired.
. . . . . Charles Edward Layard pulled down a cottage in the road and erected a magnificent mansion which he called ''The Bagatelle''.
Some years ago a neighbour at Bagatelle Road, Mr. Ernie Weerasinghe, purchased a rare sketch of that residence measuring 21cm x 12cm by C. T. Layard. I borrowed it and showed it to Mr. Ismeth Raheem who was not only a leading architect but also an authority on paintings of the British period. He was of the view that the drawing gave a distorted perspective view of the Bungalow. But it clearly shows that the house and garden were designed and laid out in a style which was prevailing in England almost half a century before. C.E. Layard, like several members of his family, took a great interest in horticulture and introduced several plants from Mauritius and Seychelles and grew them in his garden at Bagatelle."
Charles Edward Layard and his brother, Henry Peter Layard, the Sons of the Dean of Bristol the Rev. Charles Peter Layard, had come out to Ceylon in 1803. They were employed in the civil service. Henry Peter married a Miss. Austen of Galle and their son Sir Henry Austen Layard was a close friend of the Governor, William Gregory. Sir Henry was the great explorer who discovered Nineveh.
Charles Edward Layard served in various capacities, including those of collector and Judge of the Provisional Court of Galle and Matara. On December 9 1804, at the age of twenty he married Barbara Bridgetina Mooyart, aged sixteen, the daughter of Gaulterus Mooyart, Administrator of the Dutch Company and claimed by the family to be the last Dutch Governor of Galle.
They had twenty-six children. Their eldest son was Sir Charles Peter Layard, the famous civil servant who served for fifty years from 1828 in various capacities - Member of the Legislative Council, Member of the Central School Commission, Extra Assistant to the Chief Secretary of Jaffna, Assistant to the Collector of Colombo, Assistant to the Government Agent of Kalutara, Western Province, Acting Government Agent of Colombo, District judge at Mannar, Colombo, Kalutara, Negombo and Trincomalee and Additional District Judge of Galle. He was the first Mayor of Colombo (January 1866 - June 1877). Layard's Broadway/Road" was named after him. A part of the road was renamed Jetawana Road.
C.P. Layard was the father of nine children who were all sent to England for their education. The eldest was Sir Charles Peter Layard Chief justice of Ceylon from 1902 to 1906. Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam (who was one of many distinguished residents of Bagatelle Road - Mr. Dahanayake was not one of them) introduced a Bill in the legislature to introduce a system for the registration of land titles. Governor West Ridgeway at page 110 of his Administrative Report for 1896-1903 commented that Chief Justice Layard "devoted great labour and care to the improvement of the Bill and returned it with a valuable report in which the opinion is expressed that the measure will conduce to the interest of the public and to the suppression of much litigation and crime".
The last of the Layard's was Barbara Jane who was born at the Bagatelle in 1843. She later lived at Grimsthorpe, Nuwara Eliya and was popularly known as Aunt Barbara" from the fact that 225 persons living at the time were quite properly entitled to call her aunt. . . . . .
2. Illuminated Pedigree.
Courtesy Jane Layard Herasimenko 2019
Charles married Barbara Brigentia MOOYART  [MRIN: 6903], daughter of Gov. Gualterus MOOYART  and Antonia Theodora LEBECK , on 9 Dec 1804 in Colombo Ceylon. (Barbara Brigentia MOOYART  was born on 20 Feb 1789 in Jaffna Ceylon and died on 28 Sep 1845 in Colombo Ceylon..)