TRIBUTES

TO A FEW OF THE LEADING LIGHTS OF PALATHINKAL, WHO LEFT US FOR THEIR HEAVENLY ABODE & TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL WITH US, WHO HELPED US IN RUNNING THE KUDUMBAYOGAM


MATHEN VARKEY (Varkey Magistrate) (PL.1.2.3)

3rd Son of Mathen (PL.1.2)
Mathen Varkey (Varkey Magistrate) belonged to the 7th generation of Palathinkal

Mathen Varkey was one of the most prominent personalities in Travancore. He was a Magistrate. He was well known for his judgments, which were excellent and always impartial. It is further believed, as told by our elder generations, that he was the first Magistrate to have convicted an Englishman. Varkey Magistrate was well known for his educational, administrative and legal knowledge and also for his capability through out South India.

He was a multifaceted personality, leaving a glorious image in the society.

Kottayam Public Library was started in 1882, as 'Reading Club'. Mathen Varkey was its Joint Secretary along with its founder Arch Deacon John Kaily (as per Njananikshepam January 2007 issue).

He was also a highly religious person and an ardent supporter of the Church. Probably due to his constant contacts with English officers and missionaries, he opted to join the Anglican Church, the then Church Mission Society (CMS) of India. ‘Vayanapeedom’ in C.S.I Cathedral, Kottayam was donated by Mathen Varkey and his name is seen engraved on it.

As per his close relatives, his end came on 14th July 1923, when he fell down in the church after reading Bible on a Sunday at Alleppey C.S.I Church. His body was brought to Kottayam and buried at C.S.I Church Cemetery, Kottayam.

Mathen Varkey’s wife was Achamma, daughter of Karappuzha Thayyil Cherian. She passed away on 17th February 1924.

The couple had three sons P.V.Mathai, P.V.Isaac, P.V.Cherian - all of whom later became well known Scholars, Professionals and Statesmen of the country - and five daughters Achamma (Kunjamma), Chechamma, Saramma, Mariam and Mammy.

George Isaac, who was a Rhode Scholar and Mary Roy, the famous Social activist are Varkey Magistrate’s grand children.

Arundhathi Roy, the famous Social activist, Writer and Winner of Brooker prize is Varkey Magistrate’s great grand daughter.

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