Biography of Gavin Dunbar
Archbishop Dunbar's Seal
Gavin Dunbar (c1490-1547) was Archibishop of Glasgow and Chancellor of the University, 1524-1547.
Dunbar was born in Wigtownshire and studied canon and civil law in Glasgow and Paris. He was appointed tutor to the infant James V in 1517 and it was on Dunbar's advice that James founded Scotland's supreme court, the Court of Session, in 1532. He held several high offices in the Church before becoming Archbishop of Glasgow in 1524. He is believed to have died in the Bishop's Palace at the top of High Street.