Regius Professor of Law (Glasgow)

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Regius Chair of Law
University of Glasgow
James Chalmers

since 2012
Precursor Chair of Law
Formation 1713
Founder Queen Anne
First holder William Forbes

The Regius Chair of Law at the University of Glasgow was founded in December 1713 with an endowment by Queen Anne. (Its foundation is sometimes incorrectly dated to 1712, due to an error in Glasgow's Munimenta, published in 1854.[1] ) It is one of twelve Regius Professorships within the University of Glasgow. The first holder of the chair, William Forbes, was appointed in 1714. The current holder, James Chalmers, was appointed in 2012.[2]

Regius Professors of Law[edit]

  • William Forbes MA (1714)
  • William Cross, Advocate (1746)
  • Hercules Lindsay LLD (1750)
  • John Millar, advocate (1761)
  • Robert Davidson LLD (1801)
  • Allan Alexander Wellwood Maconochie LLD (1842)
  • George Skene, Advocate (1855)
  • Robert Berry MA LLD (1867)
  • Alexander Moody Stuart LLD (1887)
  • William Gloag KC BA LLD (1905)
  • Andrew Dewar Gibb MBE QC MA LLD (1934)
  • David Maxwell Walker CBE QC MA PhD LLD FRSE FBA (1958)
  • Joe Thomson LLB FRSE (1991)
  • James Chalmers LLB LLM Dip LP (2012)

See also[edit]


  • Who, What and Where: The History and Constitution of the University of Glasgow. Compiled by Michael Moss, Moira Rankin and Lesley Richmond
  1. ^ Cairns, John (1993). "The Origins of the Glasgow Law School: The Professors of Civil Law, 1714-61". In Birks, Peter. The Life of the Law: Proceedings of the Tenth British Legal History Conference, Oxford 1991. Hambledon Press. pp. 152–194 [154]. 
  2. ^ "Regius Professor of Law Appointed to the University of Glasgow". Retrieved 5 October 2012.