H.E. Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, KCMG, KA, CHB, QC
Former Governor-Genral of Barbados
Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave is a former jurist and a former Governor-General of Barbados.
Early life and education
Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, KCMG, KA, CHB, QC, was born on 16 March 1931 at Boscobelle in the parish of St. Peter. He received his primary education at the Boscobelle Boys’ School, St. Peter, between 1936 and 1944, and his secondary education at the Coleridge and Parry School, between1944 to 1949.
On leaving the Coleridge and Parry School, he entered the public service of Barbados as a Clerical Officer in 1952, before proceeding to London where he entered the Inner Temple to read for the Bar Finals Examination. He later enrolled as an external LLB student of the University of London.
After graduating as a Barrister, he lectured in Law at the Holborn & West London Colleges of Law.
On returning to Barbados in 1966, he was admitted to practise law at the Local Bar. He then entered the Legal Service as Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court, became a Magistrate in 1968 and was promoted to the position of Senior Crown Counsel, Attorney-General’s Chambers. Between 1970 and 1973 he was Principal Crown Counsel, and in 1976 became Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980, and Judge of the High Court in 1987. He also acted as a Justice of Appeal and as Chief Justice of Barbados on occasions.
He retired from the Office of Judge of the High Court on 16 March 1966.
In 1999, Sir Elliott was appointed Sole Commissioner to enquire into the escape from prison of inmate Winston Hall. He was later appointed as a member of a three member Commission to enquire into the causes that led to the burning of the prison at Glendairy by inmates in 2006.
Sir Elliott was appointed as acting Governor-General from 9 February 2008 to 31 March 2008; 9 February 2008 to 31 March 2008; 25 April 2011 to 6 May 2011; and from 1 November 2011 until his appointment as this country’s seventh Governor-General on 1 June 2012.
Sir Elliot was installed as Governor-General of Barbados in the Senate Chamber on 1 June 2012. He retired from office on 30 June 2017.
Honors and awards
In appreciation of his long and outstanding service to the legal profession and the judiciary, Justice Belgrave was awarded the Companion of Honour of Barbados (CHB) in 1993 and he was awarded the Knight of St. Andrew (KA) on1 June 2012.
He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George on the 8 June 2012.
Sir Elliot is married to Loretta Belgrave, and together they have a daughter, Susan Matheson.
He is a member of the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and represented that church on the Synod Council for several years. He spends his spare time gardening, sea bathing and reading the autobiographies of international political leaders.
In June 2017, Sir Elliott established the Elliott and Loretta Belgrave Scholarship Trust o assist financially disadvantaged Barbadians with university tuition.