REV. SAMUEL ROWSE WILKIN (1882 TO 1888)
Rev. Samuel Rowse Wilkin was born at Porkellis, Helston, England on 14th February 1849. His father being a local Preacher and class leader. Converted in 1865, he began to preach two years later, and was sent in 1873 to South Ceylon.
In 1882 he took over the stewardship of Richmond College. He was the Principal of Richmond until 1888. He served as the first Principal of Wesley College Colombo, for several years. In Galle he did much to train Sinhalese Ministers, evangelists and teachers.
Rev. Wilkin returned to England in 1889, and he continued to render devoted sevice. His preaching was instructive and useful. He was systematic and faithful in all pastoral duty, skilfully used his great gift of sympathy. He had a wealth of tender affection, often indeed concealed but always effectual. His was a strong faithful ministry throughout.
He died with startling suddenness at Bangor, on 16th February 1918, in his 70th year and in the 46th of his ministry.