Biography of William Cross
William Cross was Regius Professor of Law, 1746 to 1750.
In 1746, not long after his appointment to the Chair, Cross travelled to London to present the Duke of Cumberland and his Secretary, Sir Everard Faulkener, with the LLDs recently conferred upon them by the University. On his return to Glasgow he declared that his journey had prevented him from preparing for his teaching duties for the coming term, and Hercules Lindsay, who had been the assistant to his predecessor Professor William Forbes, taught in his place. Subsequently, Cross presented a number of reasons for not teaching elements of his course at the University and in early 1749 he claimed to have been laid low with an illness and left the city. He never returned to the University, and in January 1850 Lindsay was appointed to the Chair in his place.
Cross was a Sheriff of Lanarkshire.