Notes compiled by descendant Robert Wilson
Colonel Walter Scott Blackett OBE VD: Born: 01-02-1867 – Died Queen’s Hotel 28-08-1944.
He attended Glenalmond College in Scotland from 1877 to 1887 where he excelled at all sports before returning to Penylan. Once Penylan and Doteloya were to be sold, he retained Meddegodde until 1898 when Robert Wilson married his sister Alice and Robert owned Meddegodde.
Walter who like Robert Wilson was a great horseman and played Polo at Matale & in India, then opened up several estates. In 1903 he opened Glenalmond estate, Aranayake, in memory of his old college Glenalmond and his will directed that after his death the sale of Glenalmond Estate should provide a trust to support his three nieces and after they passed away, the trust should be ended and the balance funds gifted to his old College which he clearly valued. The estate in 1904 was recorded as 120 acres of tea and 40 acres of rubber.
As well a Glenalmond he opened Glenville in 1908, Kendagolla, Kadugannawa, opened or purchased in 1925 and finally in 1908 Jak Tree Hill where he resided. He was an early member of the Ceylon Mounted Rifles and also Commandant of the Labour depot at Pavallaram. That meant a lot of travelling back and forth from Ceylon to India. In 1946 after his death the Manager at Glenalmond was a Mr. Northway and his Assistant was E.C. Millie.