Gordon Craig was born on the 17th January 1925 in Milngavie, the only son of James and Emily Maud Craig. Gordon’s father was an accountant with what was then the Zanaco Sugar Company and though in a relatively humble position was a self-taught man, reading novels in their original language. Gordon’s mother was a teacher and when his father died when Gordon was only 16, a strong relationship developed between Gordon and his mother though he always wished that he had known his father better. Gordon attended Hillhead High School and Bearsden Academy before entering Glasgow University, the period of study interrupted by wartime naval service. He was a bit of an entrepreneur, instigating Saturday night University Union Palais dances which boosted the funds of the University Geological Society and permitted bringing prestigious speakers to joint meetings with the Glasgow Geological Society. He graduated in 1946 with a first class honours degree and was a demonstrator in the Glasgow department from 1946-47.