- Also known as
primary name: Nevill, Hugh
- individual; official; British; Male
- Life dates
- Editor of the Taprobanian (a local cultural affairs journal) and a local civil administrator, Nevill was a great collector of material of all kinds from Sri Lanka (bronzes, manuscripts, stone, etc). His collection, made between c. 1865 and 1897) is spread across the BM, BL and V&A. Hugh Nevill compiled his collection of Sinhalese manuscripts, now in the Oriental and India Office Collections of The British Library, while working as a civil servant in Sri Lanka between 1869 and 1888. It is impressively wide-ranging, with manuscripts on a wealth of subjects, from poetry to medicine to Sinhalese ritualistic poetry with, 19 volumes of bound paper manuscripts,containing the texts of the two major cycles of ritualistic legends in Sri Lanka.
- K. D. Somadasa. Catalogue of Hugh Nevill Collect. Vol 1 , London, Pali Text Society
(the Nevill Manuscripts).
De Silva Jayasuriya, S (1995). Portuguese and English Translations of Some Indo- Portuguese Songs in the Hugh Nevill Collection, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka, Vol. XL, pp. 1-102.
De Silva Jayasuriya, S (1996). Indo-Portuguese Songs of Sri Lanka. The Nevil Manuscript. Bulletin of the School of Oriental & AfricanStudies, University o London, Vol. LIX, Part 2, pp. 253-267.
De Silva Jayasuriya, S (1997). Hugh Nevill Collection of Indo-Portuguese Verses: Portuguese and English Translations of Oersaan and Falentine. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka, Vol. XLII, pp. 107-211.