Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.



For extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to Barbados and humanity at large.

DR. THE HONOURABLE SIR RICHARD LIONEL CHELTENHAM, known to all as “Johnny”, was another “Christmassy” baby, born on December 20th, 1941. He was educated first at St. Patrick’s Boys’ School and then at Foundation Boys’.

He proceeded to the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, in 1962, when he and I, as Freshmen, entered together the famous Hall of Halls – Taylor Hall!

He distinguished himself at once, representing Freshmen in the debate against the Seniors. He then won the Debate Competition on Campus, and led the UWee debating team in competition across the USA – testing training for future political platforms!

After an Honours Degree in Economics and a Masters in Public Administration and International Relations from UWee, he went on to McGill – on a Scholarship from no less than “The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire” - then to Manchester for his PhD, and the Middle Temple, London, where he was called to the Bar in 1970.

Later that year he was called to the Bar in Barbados, and then to the Bar in Anguilla, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada ... he must, most certainly, know all the best bars of the Caribbean!

Dr Cheltenham is a Member of the International Bar Association and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

He served as MP from 1976 to ’86, as Member for Christ Church East and his home town St. Patrick’s, where his childhood inspired him to want to serve his people and better their lives. From 1991 to 2003 he represented St. Joseph, the constituency of Sir Grantley Adams, father of his party and his political hero. And Johnny is known to all as frank and fearless.

He has served as Chairman of the Barbados Labour Party, and Minister in many Ministries - Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs; Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources; and Tourism, International Transport and the Environment.

He has acted as Attorney General many times and twice in ‘94 as Prime Minister. He is perfectly prepared for his present project - writing “The magnificent seven - a history of modern Barbados through it leaders”.

The Accolade of KNIGHT OF ST. ANDREW is being conferred in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession, public life and community service.

Henry Fraser Historic Houses Of Barbados Book CoverHistoric Houses of Barbados
Written by Henry Fraser & Ronnie Huges.
Available at all book leading book stores in Barbados.

Henry Fraser Treasures Of Barbados Book CoverTreasures of Barbados
Written by Sir George Alleyne and edited by Henry Fraser.
Available at the UWI Bookshop the publishers.

Henry Fraser Chattle House Book CoverBarbados Chattel Houses
Written by Henry Fraser and Bob Kiss.
Available at all leading book stores.

Henry Fraser A-Z Barbados Book CoverA-Z of Barbados Heritage
Written by Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore and Addington Forde.
Available at Days Bookstore Barbados and

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