Andrew Dewar Gibb

Biography of Andrew Dewar Gibb

Andrew Dewar Gibb
Andrew Dewar Gibb

Andrew Dewar Gibb was a graduate of the University who became Regius Professor of Law, 1934 to 1958, and served as Dean of the Law Faculty 1937 to 1939 and 1945 to 1947, Assessor of the Senate and Assessor of the General Council. In 1959 he was awarded an honorary LLD.

Born in Paisley, the son of a doctor, Gibb studied at the University and graduated MA in 1910 and LLD (with Distinction) in 1913. During the First World War he served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers as adjutant to Winston Churchill.

Gibb became an advocate in 1914 and was called to the English Bar in 1917. He practiced in England after the war and taught as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He made significant contributions to legal literature in the form of articles and textbooks, both before and after his appointment to the Regius Chair at the University in 1934. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1947.

During the 1920s Gibb stood twice for Parliament as a Unionist. He subsequently became a Nationalist, and was Leader of the Scottish National Party from 1936 until 1940. He stood unsuccessfully, thrice during the 1930s, for the Combined Scottish Universities seat. He was Chairman of the Saltire Society from 1955 to 1957.


Andrew Dewar Gibb
Advocate and Barrister

Born 13 February 1888, Paisley, Scotland.
Died 24 January 1974.
University Link: Alumnus, Faculty Dean, Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degrees: LLD, 1959; MA, 1910; LLB, 1913;
Occupation categories: lawyers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P136968
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Record last updated: 10th Apr 2015

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