Often portrayed by those who know him well as very erudite and politically astute, as well as one who brings a philosophical approach to most issues, Freundel Jerome Stuart still possesses that common touch that propelled him into elective politics almost 20 years ago and endears him to his St. Michael South constituents. Born on April 27, 1951, and raised in the rural parish of St. Philip, a stone's throw away from the familiar Six Cross Roads landmark, the quiet, unassuming intellectual credits his late mother, Eulene Stuart, with instilling the core values that have guided and sustained him since childhood.
His father passed away when he was 9 years old. He was educated at the St. Marks Boys' and St. Martin's Junior, Schools in St. Philip, before entering the Christ Church Boys' Foundation School (now the Christ Church Foundation School) in 1960. There, he came under the tutelage and influence of his mentor, headmaster Lee Harford Skeete (Latin and Law), as well as teachers Gilpin Jones (Spanish) and Colin "Couchie" Reid (Latin). However, it was his classics teacher and counsellor, Lee Harford Skeete, who had the greatest effect on him at school. Small wonder he delved into classical studies during his latter years at Boys' Foundation and ever since thereafter. Indeed, such was the impact that Mr. Skeete had on him, that he resolved at an early age to pursue a legal career.
His Law Chambers were named "Harford Chambers" after Lee Harford Skeete. On graduating from Boys' Foundation School, Freundel Stuart taught Spanish and History at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, where he again rubbed shoulders with school friends like Robert (Bobby) Morris, Anthony Wiltshire, the late Cameron Taylor, and others. He studied for and obtained a B.A. honours degree in Political Science and History from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in 1975.
He later re-entered the Cave Hill Campus, this time the Faculty of Law, and began studies which led to the LL.B. (Hons.) degree in 1980. From 1980 to 1982 he pursued the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law also at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, before proceeding to the Hugh Wooding Law School to pursue the Legal Education Certificate. Mr. Stuart was called to the Barbados Bar in 1984 where he practised Criminal and, later, Civil Law. He was admitted to the Inner Bar in March 2008 and appointed a Queen's Counsel.