Oswald Raynor Arthur

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Princess Margaret with Sir Raynor Arthur
Sir Raynor Arthur welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret when she made a brief visit to Nassau in May 1958

Sir (Oswald) Raynor Arthur KCMG CVO (16 December 1905 – 4 December 1973) was a British colonial administrator.

Arthur was born in Poona, the son of Sigismund Arthur (in the Indian Civil Service, grandson of Sir George Arthur, 1st Baronet) and Constance Hobhouse (daughter of Sir Charles Parry Hobhouse, 3rd Baronet). He was educated at Charterhouse School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and joined the Nigerian Political Service in 1928. On 8 May 1935 he married his cousin Mary, the only daughter of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, with whom he had two children. He transferred to the British administration in Cyprus in 1937, becoming the island's Chief Commissioner in 1948. He then moved on to the Americas and became Colonial Secretary of Bermuda 1951–54, Governor of the Falkland Islands 1954–57 and Governor of the Bahamas until 1960.

Arthur was appointed CMG[1] and CVO [2] in 1953 and knighted KCMG in the New Year Honours of 1957.[3] He was made a knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1954.[4] He was a Justice of the Peace in East Sussex in 1962.


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Clifford
Governor of the Falkland Islands
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Sir Edwin Arrowsmith
Preceded by
The Earl of Ranfurly
Governor of the Bahamas
1957–1960
Succeeded by
Sir Robert de Stapeldon

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