Biography of William Forbes
William Forbes (d 1745) was the first Regius Professor of Law at the University, from 1714 until his death. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law, 1732 to 1734, and the Quaestor of the University Library from 1736 to 1738.
Forbes is believed to have studied at St Salvator's College, St Andrews (graduating AM) and at Leiden. He became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1696 and held a number of offices in the Faculty, including that of librarian. After his appointment as Regius Professor of Law at Glasgow, he presented the first classes in Scots Law to be taught at a university and wrote the influential The Institutes of the Law of Scotland (1722 and 1730).