James Carlisle

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His Excellency
Sir James Carlisle
Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda
In office
10 June 1993 – 30 June 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Vere Cornwall Bird
Preceded by Wilfred Jacobs
Succeeded by Louise Lake-Tack
Personal details
Born (1937-08-05) 5 August 1937 (age 79)
Bolans, Antigua
Spouse(s) Lady Emma Carlisle
Children 2
Alma mater University of Dundee
Profession Dentistry
Religion Seventh-day Adventist

Sir James Beethoven Carlisle, GCMG (born August 5, 1937) is a dentist and the former Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. Selected by Vere Cornwall Bird (the country's first prime minister), his term ended in June 2007, after 14 years in office.

Early years[edit]

Carlisle was born August 5, 1937 in the village of Bolans, Antigua.[1] He received his early schooling at Bolans Public School, before moving to the United Kingdom to continue his education at Northampton College of Advanced Technology.[1] He then took a Bachelor's degree in dentistry at the University of Dundee.[1] In 1991, he graduated from the American School of Laser Dentistry.[1]

Dental career[edit]

Carlisle practised in both Antigua and Britain.[1] Upon his return to Antigua in 1981 he went into private practice,[1] the fourth dentist on the island.[citation needed] However, he built up his private practice and also undertook work as a dental officer in the public service.

With help from the ex-prime minister, Vere Bird, one of his patients, who offered the position of Governor-General to him, he assisted with the development of a Fluoride programme for children, and assisted the ex prime minister institute a free dental service. He is a member of the International Society of Laser Dentists and the British Dental Association.

Military career[edit]

Carlisle was in the British Royal Air Force from 1961 to 1966. He was also commissioned in the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force between 1983 and 1993. As Governor-General he was automatically appointed as Commander of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force.

Political career[edit]

Carlisle involved himself in the local community. He was Chairman of the National Parks Authority, which he ran before he was nominated by the then prime minister as Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. As Governor-General Sir James was the representative of the Queen, the country's head of state. As Governor-General, Carlisle held the following positions:[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

Carlisle is married to Emma Carlisle, who during her period as wife to the Governor-General became involved in raising funds from commercial sponsors for indigenous persons in her homeland.[citation needed]

Carlisle is a Seventh-day Adventist. As such he did not carry out official duties on the Sabbath or serve alcohol to guests at official functions. This was a source of some controversy, by his own admission.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Govenor [sic] General His Excellency Sir James Beethoven Carlisle". Official website of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Wilfred Jacobs
Governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda
Succeeded by
Louise Lake-Tack