REV. ARTHUR TRIGGS (1888 TO 1893)
samuel Rev Arthur Triggs was born in Cornwall in England on 25th July, 1864. After commencing his Work as a missionary at the age of 21, he arrived in Ceylon on 10th February, 1886.
He first taught at Wesley College , before moving to Richmond in 1888. He was able to offer five years of dedicated service to the College. He constructed a building consisting of two classrooms in 1889, and till 1927, the kindergarten was housed in these rooms. He enlarged the lower dormitory of the hostel and added a sick room to it. He influenced the publishing of the College magazine regularly and always tried to keep the standard of education high. It could truly be said that Triggs ‘ period was the golden era of College publications and were turning out more magazines and papers of various sections of the College than any other school at that time. Most of these magazines were edited by Rev. Triggs himself.
No wedding could have been quieter than his marraige to Miss Alice Waller, who was the lady Principal of the Girls’ High School (Southlands) in the Fort. Not a whisper was breathed as to the impending event. Rev. Triggs, was attending the swimming races of the College which was taking place that day at Maha Modera. While the races were in progress he has said that he must be going back to the Hill while the others went on with the race. He returned to the Hill to get married and those who were at the races learnt the news on arrival later. Those at Richmond was rather embaressed that they could not afford proper celebrations and they set to work to raise some money for a wedding gift and Rev. Triggs with his characteristic generosity gave it all to the College to complete the Jubilee Scholarship.
Rev. Triggs bade farewell to Richmond in 1893 after five fruitful years, but carried on with his missionary work in Kandy, Negombo and Matara. He was the Chairman of the Galle Methodist Mission from 1900 to 1902.