Rob Gibson

Robert McKay Gibson (born 10 October 1945) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 2003 until 2016, first as a Highlands and Islands regional member from 2003 until 2011, then representing the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency from 2011 until 2016.

Rob Gibson
Gibson in 2011
Convener of the Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee
In office
15 June 2011 – 23 March 2016
Presiding OfficerTricia Marwick
Preceded byMaureen Watt
Succeeded byGraeme Dey
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
In office
5 May 2011 – 24 March 2016
Preceded byJamie Stone
Succeeded byGail Ross
Member of the Scottish Parliament
Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
1 May 2003 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945 (age 75)
Political partyScottish National Party
Domestic partnerEleanor Scott
Alma materUniversity of Dundee

Early lifeEdit

Gibson was born in Glasgow on 10 October 1945. He was educated at the University of Dundee, where he headed the SNP student wing, the Federation of Student Nationalists. He was a district councillor in Ross and Cromarty and worked as a senior secondary school teacher in Alness and Invergordon before taking early retirement in 1995.[1]

Political careerEdit

Gibson stood as SNP candidate for the Inverness seat in the February 1974 United Kingdom general election.[2] He stood as a candidate for Ross, Cromarty and Skye in 1987 and again in 1992.[2]

Gibson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 2003 election from the Highlands and Islands regional list,[3] and was re-elected for this region in 2007.[4]

Since the beginning of the fourth Scottish Parliament, he has been the Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.[5]

In 2012, the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards named him their Politician of the Year.[6]

In May 2015 he announced that he would not stand for re-election in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

His partner is the former Highlands and Islands MSP, Eleanor Scott, of the Scottish Green Party.

Gibson is also a musician and an author, and has written several books about Highland history and emigration. These include Plaids and Bandanas, The Highland Clearances Trail and Highland Cowboys.[7]


  1. ^ "People of Today: Rob McKay Gibson". Debrett's. Retrieved 11 May 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "SNP MSP becomes the second to depart ahead of next year's Holyrood elections". Sunday Herald. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003–2007): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007–2011): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 4 (2011–2016): Rob Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Green Winger". Holyrood. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ "The Wild Drovers". The Herald. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

External linksEdit

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

Gail Ross