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
In office
5 May 2011 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Jamie Stone
Succeeded by Gail Ross
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 71)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Domestic partner Eleanor Scott
Alma mater University of Dundee
Profession Teacher

Rob McKay Gibson (born 10 October 1945) is a Scottish politician. A member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) 2003–2016, first as a Highlands and Islands regional member 2003–11, then representing the constituency of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross 2011–16.

Early life[edit]

Gibson was born in Glasgow on 10 October 1945. He was educated at the University of Dundee, where 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.[1]

Political career[edit]

Gibson stood as SNP candidate for the Inverness seat in the United Kingdom general election, February 1974.[2] He stood as a candidate for Ross, Cromarty and Skye in 1987 and again in 1992.[2]

Gibson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 2003 election from the Highlands and Islands regional list,[3] and was re-elected for this region in 2007.[4]

Since the beginning of the fourth Scottish Parliament, he has been the Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.[5]

In 2012, the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards named him their Politician of the Year.[6]

In May 2015 he announced that he would not stand for re-election in 2016.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7]


  1. ^ "People of Today: Rob McKay Gibson". Debrett's. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "SNP MSP becomes the second to depart ahead of next year's Holyrood elections". Sunday Herald. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003–2007): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007–2011): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 4 (2011–2016): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Green Winger". Holyrood. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Wild Drovers". The Herald. 13 January 2007. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 

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