Biography of Gavin Gibb
Gavin Gibb (d 1831) was a graduate of the University who was Dean of Faculties from 1804 to 1806, 1808 to 1810 and 1812 until 1814. He was Professor of Oriental Languages from 1820 to 1831.
Gibb matriculated to study at the University in 1777 and graduated MA (1783) and DD (1804). He was Minister of Fintry and then Strathblane before he was translated to St Andrew's Parish in Glasgow in 1809.
In 1814, Gibb was appointed an assistant and successor to the Professor of Oriental Languages, Patrick Cumin, and he replaced Cumin after the latter's death in 1820. He was appointed Vice-Rector by Thomas Campbell in 1827 and in 1828, when the rectorial election was tied, he gave his casting vote to Sir Walter Scott (the author declined to accept the rectorship, and Campbell served for a second year).
Gibb was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1817. In November 1828, in failing health, he appointed Josiah Walker, son of the University's Professor of Humanity, as his assistant.
Clergyman and Classical Scholar
Died 9 June 1831.
University Link: Alumnus, Dean of Faculties, Professor
GU Degrees: MA, 1783; DD, 1804;
Occupation categories: classical scholars; clergy
Record last updated: 16th Jul 2008