Trip of a lifetime if you're descended from Welsh Walters

By Editor, 28 June 2018 - 2:41pm

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The Cayman Islands Government Office in the UK has launched a campaign offering a trip of a lifetime to those with an ancestral connection to the Islands original Welsh settler.

A Welshman called Walters and a Cornishman called Bawden were the first known people to inhabit the Caribbean Islands in 1658. They are believed to have been members of Cromwell’s forces in the West Indies.

Over time, their names morphed into ‘Bodden’ and ‘Walter’, which are still prevalent family names on the Islands.

Eric Bush, Cayman Islands Representative to the UK said:
“Just like the Welsh, we are immensely proud of our national identity, culture and history. Cayman has a rich and diverse population today – but it all began with these original two settlers, including a Welshman called ‘Walter’.

“It would be great to find a family or persons from Wales that may have a connection with the Walter who settled in the Island’s 360 years ago.”

The tropical Islands has launched the ancestral search as part of celebrations into the 360-year relationship that exists between the Cayman Islands, Britain and Wales.

If you do discover a connection to Walters, the Cayman Islands will fly you out to participate in a celebration of the Islands first settlers.

You can enter by completing your own family research and posting it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #IamCayman.

Or alternatively fill in this form. http://www.cigouk.ky/wales/

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