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Death of Glasgow's Professor David Walker

7 January 2014

Professor David Walker, who taught generations of law students at the University of Glasgow and wrote numerous legal textbooks, died on 5 January 2014 at the age of 93.

Glasgow educated himself, David Maxwell Walker was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1948 and practised while writing his PhD, which he completed in 1952. He then turned to further study and was appointed Professor of Jurisprudence at Glasgow in 1954, before succeeding Andrew Dewar Gibb as Regius Professor of Law in 1958, when he was also appointed Queen's Counsel. He held his chair until 1990, when he was given the title Regius Professor Emeritus.

He was also awarded the titles Hon LLD, FBA, FRSE, FRSA, and FSA Scot, and was honoured with the CBE.

Professor Walker wrote extensively across the whole range of Scots private law, including his Principles of Scottish Private Law, which ran to four editions, growing to four volumes by the fourth. He also wrote substantial works on Delict, Damages, Civil Remedies and Contracts, a seven volume Legal History of Scotland, The Scottish Jurists, the first Oxford Companion to Law, and a monograph on Prescription and Limitation (six editions), as well as an introductory work for students on The Scottish Legal System. He edited the tercentenary edition of Stair's Institutions.

He was still contributing to the Journal at the age of 87, an article on the legal basis of the 1707 Union.

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