Sir Charles Peter LAYARD 
- Born: 5 Dec 1849, Colombo Ceylon.
- Marriage (1): Ada Alexandrina JULIUS  on 15 Apr 1882 in Kandy Ceylon
- Died: 8 Jun 1915, Grey Hse Langton Tonbridge Kent England aged 65
Sir Peter was a Solicitor in Colombo, in partnership with his brother-in-law Villiers Julius, he later became Chief Justice of Ceylon.
Sir Charles Peter Layard, Educ. Cheltenham, and St. John's College Cambridge, 1872, Batchelar of Arts; 18 March 1891, Acting Attorney-General of Ceylon; 27 July 1888, Solicitor General of Ceylon; October 1892, Puisne Justice; Between 1 November 1892 - 1902, Attorney-General of Ceylon; between 1902 - 1906, Chief Justice
Charles Peter . Layard
College: ST JOHN'S
Entered: Michs. 1868
More Information: Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Sept. 15, 1868. [Only] s. of Charles Peter (above). B. Dec. 5, 1849, at Colombo, Ceylon. Bapt. Jan. 25, 1850. School, Cheltenham. Matric. Michs. 1868; B.A. 1872; M.A. 1877. Adm. at the Inner Temple, June 13, 1870. Called to the Bar, June 7, 1873. Advocate, Supreme Court of Ceylon, 1873. Solicitor-General, Ceylon, 1888. Attorney-General, Ceylon, 1892-1902. Chief Justice, Ceylon, 1902-6. Knighted, 1903. Subsequently of The Grey House, Langton Green, Kent. Died June 8, 1915. (Cheltenham Coll. Reg.; Inns of Court; Law Lists; Foster, Men at the Bar; Who was Who, 1897-1916.)
Brian Duncan wrote: May 2005
"I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows the LAYARD family. I was reminded of the name by the Daily Telegraph obituary of Bob Wright (contributed by John Feltham), which mentioned that Wright married Anne LAYARD, daughter of a senior ICS officer of the Central Provinces and Berar. My grandmother, who was born in India and lived in Calcutta for many years, listed two Layards in her address book: 'Mrs Layard' and 'Tommy Layard'. Furthermore, my 1st cousin (3 times removed), Albert William John FREND (c.1858-aft.1889), whose parents were both born in India, married Barbara Maud Teresa LAYARD (b.c.1869), daughter of John Arthur LAYARD of Melbourne, Australia, formerly of the HEICS, who had a brother, Sir Charles LAYARD, KCB. Barbara, and her younger sister Joan (b.c.1874) were recorded in the 1881 Census living in Cheltenham. I know that Albert FREND and Barbara LAYARD married in London in 1889, but I have not been able to find any further trace of them.
Currently in Gettysburg, PA Poss. son: Frank Henry LAYARD born April 18 1872 educated Guernsey and St Annes. studied Law but was a tea planter. In 1923 was Director and Inspector of Estates for Gordon Frazer and Co See "Ceylon", compiled and published by Plate Ltd,Colombo, July 1924.
Best wishes, Brian Duncan,
Sir C.P. Layard
The death of Sir Charles Peter Layard took place suddenly on Tuesday at his residence at Langton Green, Kent.
Born in 1849, the only son of Sir Charles Peter Layard, KCMG of Ceylon Civil Service, he was educated at Cheltenham and St John's Cambridge. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1873, and practised inthe Supreme Court of Ceylon. He became Solicitor General of the island in 1888. Attorney General four years later, and was Chief Justice from 1902 to 1906. He received a knighthood in 1903.
The Times Jun 11 1915; pg 5 col B.
Layard Sir Charles Peter of the Grey House Langton Green Kent knight died 8 June 1915 Probate London 22 September 1915 to Dame Ada Alexandrina Layard widow and Villiers Alexander Julius Notary Public. Effects £21,170 5s 2d
Ref: National Probate Calendar
1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, St Johns College Cambridge CAM. Charles is recorded as unmarried aged 21 an undergraduate born Colombo Ceylon
2. Charles Peter Layard: Will, 18 Apr 1915. Proved 22 Sep 1915.
Sir CHARLES PETER LAYARD Knight
Of Colombo in the Island of Ceylon hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions and declare this to be my last will and testament I give devise and bequeath all my property estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever situate whether real or personal moveable or immoveable to my wife Ada Alexandrina Layard absolutely
In the event of the said Ada Alexandrina Layard predeceasing me I give devise and. bequeath all my plate medals and all heirlooms to my eldest son living at my decease and I give devise and bequeath all my furniture to my daughter Edith Vivien Layard absolutely
All the rest residue and remainder of my property estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever situate whether real or personal moveable or immoveable I give devise and bequeath unto Villiers Alexander Julius of Colombo Robert Layard Dunlop of Bombay and Herbert Layard Dowbiggin of Colombo their executors administrators and assigns respectively Upon trust that the said Villiers Alexander Julius Robert Layard Dunlop and Herbert Layard Dowbiggin or the survivors or survivor of them or the heirs executors or administrators of such survivor or other the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will (hereinafter called my trustees or trustee) shall sell call in and convert into money the same or such part of the same as shall not consist of money and shall with and out of the money produced by such sale calling in and conversion and with and out of such part of my personal estate as shall consist of money pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and shall at their discretion invest the, residue of the said moneys in some or one of the modes of investment hereinafter authorised with power for my trustees or trustee from time to time at their discretion to vary the said investments into or for others of the same or a like nature and shall stand possessed of the said residuary trust moneys and the investments for the time being representing the same (hereinafter called the trust funds) In trust as to one sixth thereof for my son Charles Peter Julius Layard as to one sixth thereof for my daughter Ada Mildred Isacke the wife of Major Hubert Isacke as to one sixth thereof for my son Raymond Julius Layard as to one third there of for my daughter Edith Vivien Layard and as to one sixth thereof for my son Austen Havelock Layard on their respectively attaining the age of twenty one years or if daughters marrying under that age and if any of my said sons shall die in my life time without having attained the age of twenty one years or having married leaving issue the share of such child shall be divided amongst my other children the said Edith Vivien Layard taking twice the share of any other child and if the said Edith Vivien Layard shall die in my lifetime without having attained the age of twenty one years or having married the share of the said Edith Vivien Layard shall be divided amongst my other children in equal shares Provided always that if any child of mine shall die in my lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me and being a son or sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry then and in every such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (and if more than one equally between them) the share which his her or their parent would have taken of and in the trust funds if such parent had survived me and attained the age of twenty one years If at my decease any child or grandchild of me entitled in expectancy to a share under this my will shall be under
the age of twenty one years and being a female shall be unmarried then and in every such case my trustees or trustee may apply the whole or any part of the income of the expectant share of such minor for or towards his or her maintenance and education with liberty to pay the same to the guardian or any of the guardians of such minor for the purposes aforesaid without being liable to see to the application thereof and shall invest the residue (if any) of the said income and the resulting income thereof so as to accumulate at compound interest to the intent that such accumulations shall be added to the principal share from which the same shall have arisen and follow the destination thereof but my trustees or trustee may at any time resort to the accumulations of any previous year or years and apply the same for or towards the maintenance or education of any person for the time being presumptively entitled there to and my trustees or trustee may at their discretion raise any part or parts not exceeding together one moiety of the expectant share of any child or grandchild of me under this my will and apply the same for his or her advancement preferment or benefit as my trustees or trustee shall think and my trustees or trustee may postpone the sale and conversion of my real and personal estate or any part thereof for so long as they or he shall think fit and the rents profits and income to accrue from and after my decease of and from such parts of my real and personal estate as shall for the time being remain unsold and unconverted shall after payment thereout of all incidental expenses and outgoings be paid and applied to the person or persons and in the manner to whom and in which the income of the moneys produced by such sale and conversion would for the time being be payable or applicable under this my will if such sale and conversion had been actually made All monies liable to be invested under this my will may be invested in or upon any stocks funds or securities of or guaranteed by the government of the United Kingdom or of India or of any other British possession or in stock of the Bank of England or the bonds or debentures or debenture stock or guaranteed or preference stock or the shares of any railway or other company in Great Britain India or Ceylon or upon real or leasehold securities in Great Britain India or Ceylon but not elsewhere and in lending money upon any mortgage security my trustees or trustee may accept whatever title or evidence of title shall appear to them sufficient and my trustees or trustee may at any time release any part of the property comprised in any mortgage security upon being satisfied that the remaining property comprised therein is a sufficient security for the money owing thereon And I declare that if the trustees hereby appointed or any of them shall die in my life-time or if they or any of them or any future trustee or trustees of this my will shall die or shall desire to retire from or refuse or become incapable to act in the trusts of this my will before the same shall be fully performed then and in every such case it shall be lawful for the continuing trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will or if there shall be no continuing trustee then for the retiring or refusing trustees or trustee or the executors or administrators of the last acting trustee to appoint any other person or persons to be a trustee or trustees in the place of the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to retire or refusing or becoming incapable to act as aforesaid with liberty upon any appointment to alter the number of trustees but so that immediately after such appointment the number shall not exceed four or be less than two and upon every such appointment the trust premises shall be so transferred as to become vested in the new trustee or trustees either jointly with the continuing trustee or trustees or solely as the case may require And every such new trustee (as well before as after the said trust premises shall have become vested in him) shall have all the powers and authorities of the trustee for whom heshall be substituted I devise all estates vested in me as atrustee or mortgagee unto the said Villiers Alexander Julius Robert Layard Dunlop and Herbert Layard Dowbiggin their heirs executors and administrators subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively but so that the money secured by any mortgage shall form part of my personal estate
I appoint my said wife and the said Villiers Alexander Julius Robert Layard Dunlop and Herbert Layard Dowbiggin - EXECUTRIX and EXECUTORS of this my will and I appoint my said wife during her life and after her decease the said Villiers Alexander Julius Robert Layard Dunlop and Herbert Layard Dowbiggin and the survivors and survivor of them the guardian and guardians of my infant children
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Colombo this eighteenth day of April one thousand nine hundred and five
C P LAYARD
Signed & declared by the said Sir Charles Peter Layard as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of one another (all being present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
T LEWIS PIERIS
E R Williams Notary Public
I Ernest Reed Williams of Colombo in the island of Ceylon Notary Public do hereby certify and attest that the foregoing instrument having been duly read over by the therein named Sir Charles Peter Layard the same was signed by the said Sir Charles Peter Layard and by Lionel Dunnville and Thantrige Lewis Pieris both of Colombo aforesaid the subscribing witnesses thereto (and all of whom are known to me) in my presence and in the presence of one another all being present at the same time at Colombo aforesaid this eighteenth day of April one thousand nine hundred & five which I attest
E R Williams Notary Public Dated 18th April 1915 (L S)
ON the 22nd day of September 1915 Probate of this will was granted to Ada Alexandrina Layard and Villiers Alexander Julius two of the executors.
Charles married Ada Alexandrina JULIUS  [MRIN: 266], daughter of Alfred Alexander JULIUS  and Eliza Julius ALEXANDER , on 15 Apr 1882 in Kandy Ceylon. (Ada Alexandrina JULIUS  was born on 17 Aug 1852 in Mortlake SRY, christened on 14 Nov 1852 in St John Richmond SRY and died on 20 Nov 1934 in Green Hayes Liss HAM.)