Clement Arrindell

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Sir Clement Arrindell

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1st Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis[a]
In office
19 September 1983 – 31 December 1995
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterSir Kennedy Simmonds
Denzil Douglas
Preceded byOffice Established
Himself as Governor
Succeeded bySir Cuthbert Sebastian
Governor of Saint Kitts and Nevis[a]
In office
26 November 1981 – 19 September 1983
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierSir Kennedy Simmonds
Preceded bySir Probyn Inniss
Succeeded byOffice Abolished
Himself as Governor General
Personal details
Born(1931-04-16)16 April 1931
Basseterre, Saint Kitts, British Leeward Islands
Died26 March 2011(2011-03-26) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Evelyn O'Loughlyn

Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell GCMG GCVO QC (19 April 1931 – 27 March 2011) was the first Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis,[a] serving from 1983 to 1995, and also served as the country's final colonial governor, from 1981 to 1983.

Arrindell was born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, and educated at the St. Kitts–Nevis Grammar School, where he was top of his class in his final year. He left to study in England in 1954, and was called to the bar in June 1958, as a member of Lincoln's Inn. Arrindell returned to Saint Kitts in December 1958. He initially worked in private practice, but was eventually made a magistrate. From 1972 to 1978, he served as a senior magistrate, both in Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla (as the colony was then known) and in the British Virgin Islands. In July 1978, Arrindell was made a judge of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court (now known as the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court). He served in the position until November 1981, when he succeeded Sir Probyn Inniss as Governor of Saint Kitts and Nevis (an Associated State of the United Kingdom at the time). On independence in September 1983, he was appointed governor-general, and remained in the position until his retirement in December 1995.[1] Arrindell was created a Knight Bachelor in June 1982,[2] and was also later made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in February 1984 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in October 1985.[3][4] He died in March 2011, after a short illness, and was awarded a state funeral.[5]


  1. ^ a b c The country was officially known as Saint Christopher and Nevis until 26 November 1986.


  1. ^ "Clement Athelston Arrindell" – Caribbean Elections. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 49008". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1982. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 49641". The London Gazette. 7 February 1984. p. 1747.
  4. ^ "No. 50333". The London Gazette. 29 November 1985. p. 16780.
  5. ^ (5 April 2011). "State Funeral for Sir Clement"Kittivisian Life. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Probyn Inniss
Governor of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Post abolished
New creation Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Succeeded by
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian