William Gibson-Craig

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The Right Honourable
Sir William Gibson Craig
File:Sir William Gibson-Craig (1797–1878).png
Portrait by Henry Raeburn
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
In office
Member of Parliament for Midlothian
In office
Personal details
Born 2 August 1797
Died 12 March 1878 (aged 82)
Political party Whig
Profession Advocate, Politician

Sir William Gibson Craig, 2nd Baronet FRSE (2 August 1797 – 12 March 1878), was a Scottish Advocate and politician.


He was born the first son of Sir James Gibson-Craig, 1st Baronet, and his wife, Anne Thomson. He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh and then privately in Yorkshire.[1]

William became an advocate in 1820. He was Lord Clerk Register and Keeper of the Signet from 1862 until his death. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1863.[2]

He was the Member of Parliament for Midlothian from 1837 to 1841 and for Edinburgh from 1841 to 1852. He was a Junior Lord of the Treasury in Lord John Russell's government from 1846 to 1852.[2]

He became a member of the Highland Society in 1824. In 1828 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh his proposer being Thomas Allan.

He lived in Riccarton House to the south-west of Edinburgh.[3]


His younger brother, James Thomson Gibson-Craig WS (1799-1886) was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[4]

He was married to Betsy Vivian. They had six children.

One of his grandchildren was the philanthropist Dorothy Brooke.[2]


  • On Howard's Wheel Plough


  1. https://www.royalsoced.org.uk/cms/files/fellows/biographical_index/fells_indexp1.pdf
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8367042
  4. https://www.royalsoced.org.uk/cms/files/fellows/biographical_index/fells_indexp1.pdf

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Clerk, Bt
Member of Parliament for Midlothian
Succeeded by
William Ramsay Ramsay
Preceded by
Sir John Campbell
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
With: Thomas Babington Macaulay to 1847
Charles Cowan from 1847
Succeeded by
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Charles Cowan
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Bingham Baring
William Cripps
Swynford Carnegie
Ralph Neville
Junior Lord of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Marquess of Chandos
The Lord Henry Lennox
Thomas Bateson
Preceded by
Marquess of Dalhousie
Lord Clerk Register
Succeeded by
Earl of Glasgow
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Gibson Craig
(of Carmichael)
Succeeded by
James Gibson Craig