Erroll Walton Barrow

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Erroll Walton Barrow

Birthplace: Nesfield, Parish of Saint Lucy, Barbados
Death: Died in Barbados
Place of Burial: Bridgetown, Barbados
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Reginald Grant Barrow and Ruth Albertha Barrow
Husband of Carolyn Marie Barrow
Father of Lesley Barrow and <private> Barrow
Brother of Ruth Nita Barrow; Reginald Graham Barrow; Ena Frances Comma; Graham Barrow and <private> Barrow
Half brother of Reginald Grant Barrow

Occupation: Caribbean statesman and the first Prime Minister of Barbados
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About Erroll Walton Barrow

The Right Honourable Errol Walton Barrow, PC, QC (21 January 1920 – 1 June 1987) was a Caribbean statesman and the first Prime Minister of Barbados.

In his honor Barbadians observe his birthday as a National holiday and have a constant reminder of his life and service in his likeness which is widely circulated on the island's fifty dollar bill, popularly known as 'an Errol'.

His sister Dame Nita Barrow also became a social activist, humanitarian leader and later Governor General of Barbados.


Navigator, Royal Air Force, WWII First Prime Minister of Barbados (died in office)

Errol Walton Barrow was born on January 21, 1920 in the parish of St. Lucy. Son of Rev. Reginald Barrow and Ruth nee O'Neal. He was educated at Wesley Hall Boys School from where he won a scholarship at the age of 11 to Combermere. At 14 he won another scholarship to Harrison College, and from there an Island Scholarship in 1939, tenable at Codrington College. The Scholarship offer was not taken up and instead he taught at Foundation School, and worked for a short period in the Petty Debt Court before joining the Royal Air Force in November 1940 and serving in World War II. In 1947 he enrolled at Lincoln's Inn and entered London University. He was successful in his bar finals in 1949 and graduated with a B.Sc. (Econ) the following year. He was called to the Bar in Barbados in 1950 where he had a very successful law practice. He first won a seat to the House of Assembly in 1951 as the representative for St. George. He was unsuccessful in 1955, but returned to represent the parish of St. John from 1958 until his death in 1987. He was made a Queen's Council (Q.C.) in 1980 and was a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council. During his time in office, he was Premier 1961 – 1966, Prime Minister 1966 – 1976, Leader of the Opposition 1978 – 1986 and again Prime Minister 1986 until his death.

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Erroll Walton Barrow's Timeline

January 21, 1920
Age 29
June 1, 1987
Age 67
June 1, 1987
Age 67
Bridgetown, Barbados