David Walker

Biography of David Walker

David Maxwell Walker was a graduate of the University who was appointed the first Professor of Jurisprudence in 1954 and was Regius Professor of Law, 1958 to 1990. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1956 to 1959; Senate Assessor on the University Court from 1962 to 1966, and he was awarded an LLD in 1985.

David Walker was born in 1920 and was educated at the High School of Glasgow, where he was Mackindlay Prizeman in Classics, before entering the University of Glasgow. His studies were interrupted by the War during which Walker served in the Highland Light Infantry and the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. He returned to his studies in 1945, graduating MA in 1946 and LLB (Distinction) (Robertson Scholar) in 1948. He was called to the Scottish Bar in the same year and became a Queen's Council in Scotland in 1958.

Whilst practising at the Bar, Walker began postgraduate study as Faulds Fellow in Law at Glasgow from 1949-1952. He wrote a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, graduating 1952. After he stepped down from the Regius Chair in 1990, Walker became Regius Emeritus Professor. During his life he was also awarded the titles Hon LLD, FBA, FRSE, FRSA, and FSA Scot, and was honoured with the CBE in 1986.

During his career David Walker wrote widely on many aspects of Scots private law and other areas of Scots law for example he wrote the seven-volume A Legal History of Scotland.

Professor Walker died on 5th January 2014 at the age of 93.


David Walker
Born 9 April 1920.
Died 5 January 2014.
University Link: Graduate, Professor
GU Degrees: MA, 1946; LLB, 1948; LLD, 1985;
Honours: CBE, 1986
Record last updated: 10th Jan 2014

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