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King's House
King's House

King's House

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Sights and Museums, Government Building
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Hope Road, Kingston Jamaica
+1 876 927 6424
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The chronological list of Governors of Jamaica records the first Governor to Jamaica as early as 1661 as General Edward D’Oyley. At this time, the country was a Crown Colony of Great Britain. There was no official residence for Governors then and they resided wherever they wished and even lodged with the members of the Executive Council of the government of that era.

The need for the Governors to have a permanent place to live in Britain’s colonies brought about King’s House. The official residence of Governors of Jamaica have always been called King’s House even during the reign of Queens.

By the year 1690 there was already a King’s House in Port Royal. Then Governor George William O’Brien, Second Earl of Inchiquin requested that a new King’s House be built in St. Jago De La Vega of the St. Catherine District. Plans for the King’s House in Spanish Town were prepared by Thomas Craskell, the Engineer of the island and the building was completed in 1762 while Sir William Henry Lyttleton was Governor a position he held from (1762-1766). King’s House in Spanish Town was obviously a building of considerable importance at that time.

The capital was changed from Spanish Town to Kingston in 1872. The Governor at that time, Sir John Peter Grant, who served as Governor from 1866 to 1874 chose Somerset Pen, now known as King’s House Lands, on which was located the traditional home of the Anglican Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica for forty-six years to build the new King's House.

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