Gavin Dunbar

Biography of Gavin Dunbar

Archbishop Dunbar's Seal
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.


Gavin Dunbar
Archbishop of Glasgow

Born 1490.
Died 30 April 1547.
University Link: Alumnus, Chancellor
Occupation categories: clergy
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Record last updated: 7th Oct 2008

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