Noel Gratiaen

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Edward Frederick Noel Gratiaen
30th Attorney General of Ceylon
In office
2 May 1956 – 1957
Preceded by Hema Henry Basnayake
Succeeded by Douglas St. Clive Budd Jansze
Member of Parliament
for Burgher Community (appointed member)
In office
November 1947 – March 1948
Preceded by position created
Personal details
Born (1912-12-20)20 December 1912
Died 1973
Spouse(s) Zillah neé Weinman

Edward Frederick Noel Gratiaen (20 December 1904 – 1973) CMG QC, was the 30th Attorney General of Ceylon.

He was educated at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, he then went on to study at Exeter College, Oxford and graduated in 1925. Upon his return to Ceylon, he became a journalist joining the Ceylon Independent but after the paper went out of publication, he enrolled at the Ceylon Law College and graduated as an Advocate.

He was the Counsel for Philip Norton Banks, the Inspector General of Police in the infamous Bracegirdle Inquiry. He subsequently appeared in several election petition cases after the country’s first parliamentary elections in 1947.

In November 1947, Gratiaen was appointed as a member of the Ceylon House of Representatives. He was one of six members appointed by the Governor-General, to represent important interests which were not represented or inadequately represented in the House.[1]

In March 1948 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice.

Gratiaen was appointed as the Attorney General of Ceylon on 2 May 1956, succeeding Hema Henry Basnayake, and held the office until 1957, he was succeeded by Douglas St. Clive Budd Jansze.[2]


  1. ^ "62nd Anniversary of Independence". Daily News. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Amerasinghe, A. Ranjit B (1986), The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka : the first 185 years, Sarvodaya Book Pub. Services, ISBN 978-955-599-000-4 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Hema Henry Basnayake
Attorney General of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Douglas St. Clive Budd Jansze