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The map of New Providence Island shows Lyford Cay in the west
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Lyford Cay is a private gated community located on the western tip of New Providence Island in The Bahamas. The former cay that lent its name to the community is named after Captain William Lyford Jr., a mariner of note in Colonial and Revolutionary times, and is built on a 448-acre grant he received for his services as a Loyalist in the American Revolution. Captain Lyford also received a 92-acre grant on Cat Island, Bahamas for playing a key role in Andrew Deveaux’s raid of mid-April 1783 that drove the Spanish from Nassau.


Lyford Cay, also called Simms Cay, was a cay a few hundred metres off the north west coast of New Providence Island, 1.4 km long east-west, and up to 200 metres wide. On the map in the 1901 Edward Stanford Atlas it is noted: The Isthmus at Lyford Cay has grown since 1830, when boats could pass at H.W.. It is now 10 fṭ high & covered with bushes.[1]


Considered one of the world's wealthiest and most exclusive neighborhoods, the Lyford Cay Club was built during the latter part of the 1950s[2] by prominent Canadian businessman Edward Plunkett Taylor, who bought the land in 1954 from Bahamian developer Sir Harold Christie.[3][4][5] In December 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy stayed at E. P. Taylor's home in Lyford Cay while he held talks with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. [1] [2]

Notable residentsEdit

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  1. ^ Edward Stanford 1901 atlas page: Bahamas, with New Providence Island inset
  2. ^ "Carib Song - TIME". Time. February 1, 1963.
  3. ^ "Treasure Islands - TIME". Time. April 20, 1959.
  4. ^ "Crowds in the Sun - TIME". Time. January 19, 1962.
  5. ^ "The Man with Many Eyes - TIME". Time. February 8, 1963.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Monique P. Yazigi (May 25, 2000). "Storming the Last Civilized Sandbox". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (August 15, 2019). "The Billionaire Battle in the Bahamas". Vanity Fair.
  8. ^ Ferguson, Euan (October 3, 2004). "Scotch myth". The Guardian. London.
  9. ^ Kelbie, Paul (March 7, 2003). "Sean Connery hits back at critics by revealing his £3.7m tax bill". The Independent. London.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "News - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  11. ^ "Lyford Cay resident Kozeny indicted for fraud". The Nassau Guardian. Archived from the original on 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2008-02-22.]
  12. ^ "Souvenir King becomes Britain's Newest Millionaire". Independent. 13 April 1996.
  13. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (26 August 2007). "Jol bruised by boardroom blunders". Guardian. London.
  14. ^ "Money". Telegraph. London.
  15. ^ "Media Top 100 2004". Guardian. London. 12 July 2004.
  16. ^ "H.H. Prince Azamat Guirey obituary".
  17. ^ A resident from 1970 until his death, in 2000 he published a history of Lyford Cay, The Lyford Legacy: A Brief History of Lyford Cay from 1788 (Source: Lyford Cay Property Owners Association)
  18. ^ Mica Mosbacher
  19. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (July 9, 2008). "John Templeton, Investor, Dies at 95 - Obituary (Obit)". The New York Times.]

Coordinates: 25°02′N 77°34′W / 25.033°N 77.567°W / 25.033; -77.567