Born at Ingleston near Twynholm in Kirkcudbrightshire and educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University, Carlyle Gifford trained with the firm of W.S. Cook and became a Writer to the Signet in 1905.
In 1907 he married Maud Oriel Riata Pearson daughter of Charles Henry Pearson and together they went on to have two sons, including Charles Henry Pearson Gifford FRSE (1909-1994). In 1960 he married again to Sophia Mary Wharton Millar who survived him.
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