Leading legal scholar passes away

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A leading legal mind of his generation passed away on Saturday.

Campbeltownian Joe Thomson, of Low Askomil, who died six days after his 70th birthday, was Regius Professor at the University of Glasgow from 1991 to 2005 and a Scottish Law Commissioner for 10 years.

The former lord president, Lord Brian Gill said: ‘The Glasgow chair carried great prestige and Joe occupied it with distinction.’

Joseph McGeachy Thomson loved his home town, his army of Kintyre friends and retired to Campbeltown with the most significant person in his life, Annie Cowell.

Speaking to Scottish Legal News, Lord Pentland, chair of the Scottish Law Commission, said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the Scottish Law Commission I would like to express our great sadness at the death of Professor Joe Thomson over the weekend.

‘Joe served as a dedicated and successful Law Commissioner for a decade from 2000. He led and contributed to a large number of reform projects, including a comprehensive one on the law of succession.

‘His work on these projects has made a real difference to the law of Scotland and to our society.

‘All those who knew Joe during his time here had enormous respect and affection for him.

‘He was highly professional with a profound understanding of the law. He was renowned also for his joie de vivre.

‘We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his widow, Annie, and to Joe’s family.’

There will be a full obituary in the Courier on Friday May 25.