Rob Gibson

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Rob Gibson
Convener of the Scottish Parliament
Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee
Assumed office
15 June 2011
Preceded by Maureen Watt
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Jamie Stone
Majority 7,458
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
In office
1 May 2003 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by Winnie Ewing
Succeeded by John Finnie
Personal details
Born (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945 (age 70)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Domestic partner Eleanor Scott
Alma mater University of Dundee
Profession Teacher

Rob McKay Gibson MSP (born 10 October 1945) is a Scottish politician. A member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), he was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent Caithness, Sutherland and Ross in the 2011 election. Gibson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 2003 election for the Highlands and Islands,[1] and was re-elected for this region in 2007.[2]

While attending the University of Dundee he headed the SNP student wing, the Federation of Student Nationalists. He was a district councillor in Ross and Cromarty and worked as a senior secondary school teacher in Alness and Invergordon before taking early retirement in 1995.[3]

In the Scottish Parliament, he is the Deputy Convener of the Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee, and a leading member of the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - all areas of importance to the economy of the north of Scotland.

His partner is the former Highlands and Islands MSP, Eleanor Scott, of the Scottish Green Party.

Gibson is also a musician and an author, and has written several books about Highland history and emigration. These include Plaids and Bandanas, The Highland Clearances Trail and Highland Cowboys.


  1. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "People of Today: Rob McKay Gibson". Debrett's. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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