Elected: 1996
Discipline: Philosophy, Theology and Law
Professor Joseph McGeachy Thomson FRSE

Regius Professor of Law, University of Glasgow.

Joseph McGeachy Thomson, FRSE 1996, Regius Professor of Law at Glasgow 1991-2005 and a Scottish Law Commissioner 2000-2009, was born in Campbeltown in Argyll. He was the younger son of James and Catherine Thomson. James was a fishmonger whose eye for a bargain was affectionately described by his son in an article expressing the author’s scepticism about the concept of good faith in contract law. Joe’s middle name was, in the Scottish tradition, his mother’s maiden name. He remained close to her throughout a long life that ended only in 2016. Joe was a boarder at Keil School in Dumbarton. The school had close links to Campbeltown, however. It was founded as Kintyre Technical College in 1915 at Keil House, Southend, near Campbeltown, and moved (re-named) to Dumbarton in 1924 only after a fire had destroyed its original building. Read more about Joe Thomson