by (Mrs.) Mary Erna Woodward

George Stephenson Shirt Hirst Commissioner of the Cayman Islands from 1907 to 1912 is widely acknowledged as the first person to have written a history of these Islands. It is also thought that a fair amount of the information in his book was obtained from the local inhabitants by word of mouth; many of the written records lay in what was then the Colonial Office in London. Hirst himself was painfully aware of the sparseness of the local Records.

On the surface Hirst's information seems reliable, but when confronted by a careful study of material unearthed from the Public Record Office in London during recent research by the Cayman Islands National Archive it is shown to contain some anomalies. Had he been able to access official records in his own time, Hirst would most likely have written his books differently making more transparent some of the details that continued to be obscure.

"The Dependency Question" serves to correct many misunderstandings and none more than those of many Anglicans and others who have assumed that the Anglican Church in these Islands is in its essence and root a mission of the Church in Jamaica because the Cayman Islands are said to have been a Dependency of that Island from long ago.

This misunderstanding should have been resolved years ago, since members of the Cayman Church of England have always acknowledged their Sovereign to be the Supreme Governor (on earth) of the Church of England within Her Colony. What is written and confirmed in this book should convince even the most ardent dissenter of the force of that affirmation.

Jesus said:-

"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."