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 Don Baron Jayatilaka (13 February 1868 - 29 May 1944) (known as D.B Jayatilaka) was a Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. Known until 1972 as Ceylon , Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the...

n educationalist, politician and diplomat.

Born at Waragoda, Kelaniya
Kelaniya is a small town near Colombo, Sri Lanka in the Gampaha District. It is known for the Buddhist temple built on the banks of the Kelani River, which runs through the town...

, he was the eldest male child of Don Daniel Jayatilaka, a government contractor, and his wife Liyanage Dona Elisiyana Perera Weerasinha. He had two brothers, and two sisters, both of whom died young.

When he was seven years Jayatilaka was sent to the Vidyalankara Pirivena
Vidyalankara Pirivena
Vidyalankara Pirivena is one of the largest Buddhist pirivenas in Sri Lanka. Located in Peliyagoda, it is nearly 100 years old. Under the pirivena's leadership, several schools were started in the region; one is Sri Dharmaloka College, one of the primary colleges in the region....

, where he learned Sinhala, Pali
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 and Sanskrit
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 by Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka Thera. To study English
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 and other subjects in the English medium, he was sent to the local Baptist
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 school from where he was sent to Wesley College
Wesley College, Colombo
Wesley College, Colombo is a Methodist educational institution in Sri Lanka.In 1858 Rev. Joseph Rippon wanted to establish a superior educational institution for the Wesleyan Methodist Mission in South Ceylon. On March 2 1874 Wesley College, Colombo is a Methodist educational institution in Sri...

 in 1881, there he passed the junior and senior Cambridge examinations, traveling daily by cart from Kelaniya to the Pettah
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. He served as the Principal of Dharmaraja College and Ananda College
Ananda College
Ananda College , Colombo which is considered as the leading National school in Sri Lanka, was established on November 1, 1886, by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott...


Jayatilaka was knighted
Knight Bachelor
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in 1943.

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