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[Flag of Jamaica] image by Željko Heimer, 25 Febuary 2002

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Jamaica is divided into three counties which are divided into 14 parishes as follows:
Cornwall County: Trelawny, Saint James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Saint Elizabeth.
Middlesex County: Saint Mary, Saint Ann, Manchester, Clarendon and Saint Cathrine.
Surrey County: Kingston, Saint Andrew, Saint Thomas and Portland.
There is no information about existence of subdivision flags.
Dov Gutterman, 8 August 2004

How likely is it that the other 13 parishes don’t have a flag? The only cases of such asymmetry are those of countries where only the capital, and maybe larger/richer subnational entities have a flag. Since Hanover is neither, seems that there is "hope" for 13 flags to be discovered. It is too soon to assume that these putative flags are (all?) plain 1:2 with a centered circular seal.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 January 2011

Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation

[Flag of Jamaica] image by Fred Drews, 5 April 2020

Detail of badge

[Flag of Jamaica] image by Fred Drews, 5 April 2020

2013 Flag

[Flag of Jamaica] image by Valentin Poposki, 19 June 2020

The Kingston Parish and Saint Andrew Parish were amalgamated in 1923 to form the new local government Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. Its first flag (as far as we know) was the green flag with corporation seal on it. In 2013 the flag was changed to a white field with the corporation seal on it. In 2017, during the 145th Anniversary celebration of Kingston, the new statutory entity City of Kingston was created. It is not a municipal entity, but is part of the new Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. Both entities now have their own flags - City of Kingston and KSAMC.
Valentin Poposki, 19 June 2020

Former Flag (before 2013)

[Flag of Jamaica] image by Jens Pattke, 29 September 2012

Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation is a municipal body governing the capital of Jamaica - City of Kingston and surrounding area of Parish of St. Andrew. Its flag is the municipal crest (coat of arms) on a color background. Which color, I can't tell since the flag is shown on a b/w photo (again): .
Valentin Poposki, 6 May 2010

At: and it looks like there is a flag with a plain green field in KSA corporation town hall, which can be seen here too : and seems different from the old flag ferreted by Valentin. One can read "...NT ANDR..." in white letters on blue background (on a green field, blue circle with white inscription around white disk with the arms?)
Olivier Touzeau, 8 May 2010

Nice photo - you can see the flag consists of the KSAC seal on a green background.
Vanja Poposki, 25 September 2012

Quoting the KSAC website:
"The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation is an amalgamation of the two Parishes: Kingston and St. Andrew. Kingston was established in 1692 after the destruction of Port Royal. The Parish of Kingston is entirely urban, while St. Andrew consists of urban and rural settlements. The two Parishes were amalgamated in 1923 for the purpose of Civic Administration. For the purpose of Political and Civic Administration, the parish is divided into fifteen (15) Political Constituencies, which are further subdivided into Forty (40) Electoral Divisions. The affairs of the parish are managed by a full time administrative staff responsible for policy implementation and a political responsible for policy formulation." 
Quoting the KSAC website:

"The Armorial Bearings of The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation
THE SHIELD is Blue with Silver Saltire referring to the Parish of St. Andrew. Between the arms of the cross are: A Worker Bee (from the Arms of Sir William Beeston, the Governor who helped to found Kingston and who is commemorated in Beeston Street) representing the industrious habits of the citizens; A Key referring to the fact that Kingston is the gateway to Jamaica and with a passing reference to the Key of the City; A Tower against the waves of the sea representing the ancient fortress of Port Royal; And an Open Book for learning referring to the fact that so many seats of learning are to be found in the corporate area including the University of the West Indies. (The Bee, Key, Tower are Gold, the Book White and Gold) THE CREST is the Golden Hub of a wheel with Twelve Spokes indicating that Kingston is the Hub of the island but needs the support of the other Twelve Parishes for complete wholeness.
THE HELMET, the MANTLING and the CREST-WREATH are regular parts of the Coat of Arms; the Helmet is of the shape used by corporations, the Mantling and Crest-Wreath are coloured according to the principal colour and metal of the shield. THE SUPPORTERS: The Golden Lion with the Blue Mural Crown is taken from the old Kingston Arms. It refers directly to Kingston; the Lion is the King of Beasts, the Crown made of bricks like wall refers to the Town, so "King’s Town" or Kingston. THE INDIAN is taken directly from the Coat of Arms of Jamaica thus providing the link with the Island and indicating the importance of Kingston as the capital city by including in its arms the male Indian.
THE COMPARTMENT upon which the supporter stand is depicted as the hills of St. Andrew. THE MOTTO: "A CITY WHICH HATH FOUNDATIONS" from Hebrews 11:10. Most Mottoes are quotations of allusions. Today there is a return to ancient custom of having a Motto in the language of the people so that all can understand. The Bible is still the best known Book to our People and so a Biblical quotation is suggested. Quite apart from the obvious religious meaning this also refers to the historical and modern features contained in the Arms."
Ivan Sache, 29 September 2012