Scots Law News is once again saddened to have to report the loss of a leading figure in Scots law. Lord Davidson died on 18 June 2009 at the age of 80.
Kemp Davidson was one of the leading advocates of his generation and held all of the honours his choice of career could offer – QC 1969, Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1972-1983, Keeper of the Advocates Library 1972-1976, Vice-Dean of Faculty 1977, and finally Dean in 1979. He was appointed to the bench in 1983, and became an impressive Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission from 1988 to 1996.
For much of the last 20 years Lord Davidson lived with the increasing burden of Parkinson's disease, and all who knew him during these years could not fail to be impressed by the courage and dignity with which he tackled his illness. He was a delightful, courteous and learned man.