Governor of the Cayman Islands

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Governor of the Cayman Islands
Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands.svg
Coat of Arms of the Cayman Islands
Martyn Roper

since 2018
ResidenceGovernment House, Cayman Islands
AppointerMonarch of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His/Her Majesty's pleasure
First holderWilliam Cartwright
WebsiteOffice of the Governor
The flag of the Governor of the Cayman Islands
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The Governor of the Cayman Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's overseas territory of the Cayman Islands. The Governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British government. The role of the Governor is to act as the de facto head of state, and he or she is responsible for appointing the Premier, who is the leader of the party with a majority of seats in the Legislature.

The Governorship is held by Martyn Roper since October 2018.[1]

The Governor has his own flag, the Union Flag defaced with the territory's coat of arms. The official residence of the Governor is Government House in Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.


Until 1962, the Cayman Islands were administered as a dependency of Jamaica. When Jamaica gained independence, the Islands were split and became a separate Crown colony. An Administrator was appointed to the Islands from 1959. After 1971, the British Government appointed a Governor.

List of Chief Magistrates of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • William Cartwright (1750–1776)
  • William Bodden (1776–1823)
  • James Coe the Elder (1823–1829)
  • John Drayton (1829–1842)
  • James Coe the Younger (1842–1855)
  • William Eden (1855–1879)
  • William Bodden Webster (1879–1888)
  • Edmund Parsons (1888–1898)

List of Commissioners of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • Frederick Shedden Sanguinnetti (1898–1907)
  • George Stephenson Hirst (1907–1912)
  • Arthur C Robinson (1912–1919)
  • Hugh Houston Hutchings (1919–1929)
  • Captain G. H. Frith (1929–1931)
  • Ernest Arthur Weston (1931–1934)
  • Allan Wolsey Cardinall, CMG (later Sir Allen) (1934–1940)
  • Albert C. Panton Snr, MBE (acting) (1940–1941)
  • John Perry Jones (1941–1946)
  • Ivor Otterbein Smith (later CMG, OBE) (1946–1952)
  • Andrew Morris Gerrard, CMG (1952–1956)
  • Alan Hillard Donald (1956 – July 4, 1959)

List of Administrators of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • Alan Hilliard Donald (July 4, 1959 – 1960)
  • Jack Rose (1960–1964)[2]
  • John Alfred Cumber CMG, MBE, TD (1964–1968)
  • Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long[3] (1968 – August 22, 1971)

List of Governors of the Cayman Islands[edit]


  1. ^ "Governor Choudhury sworn in". Cayman Compass. Archived from the original on 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ "Wing Commander Jack Rose (obituary)". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-11-10.
  3. ^ a b Levy, Jewel (2019-01-03). "First Cayman Islands governor turns 100". Cayman Compass. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ Helen Kilpatrick sworn in as new governor Archived 2014-05-29 at the Wayback Machine, Cayman NetNews, September 6, 2013
  5. ^ "Cayman says farewell to Governor". Cayman Times. 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Change of Governor of the Cayman Islands". Press release. Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Change of Governor of the Cayman Islands". Press release. Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 19 October 2018.

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