Professor Bill Gordon

It was with great regret that the Society noted the death of its Vice President, Professor Bill Gordon, on 1 September 2012.

Bill was the Society’s Literary Director from 1985 to 1998 and was editor of the three volume edition of Bankton’s Institutes, which were published between 1993 and 1995 as volumes 41 to 43 in our publications series. He also edited volume 39, Miscellany II, which we published in 1992.

He was appointed Douglas Professor of Civil Law at the University of Glasgow in 1969, a post from which he retired in 1999, when he became a professorial research fellow in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow.

His major publications include Roman Law, Scots Law, and Legal History: Selected Essays (2007), Scottish Land Law (1989), currently in its third edition (2009-, with Scott Wortley), Studies in the Transfer of Property by Traditio (1970), and European Legal History: Sources and Institutions (2000, co-authored with O F Robinson and T D Fergus).

It was said of Bill in one of his obituaries that he was 'a man of quiet distinction and wisdom; he leaves a significant legacy to the legal establishment both at home and abroad'. His wise counsel in the deliberations of The Stair Society’s Council is sadly missed.