He was raised by unmarried aunts, and attended school in Saint Andrews and Edinburgh before spending time at Glasgow University.
He is best known as the writer and publisher of the Calgary Eye Opener weekly newspaper, first published March 4, 1902. Little is known about any siblings, beyond the fact that he had an older brother, Jack. Edwards" mother, Mary Chambers, survived his birth by only a few weeks.
In 1881 and 1882, Bob Edwards put out a tourist periodical, The Channel, aimed at visitors to the French Riviera.
He returned to Scotland and worked for a time with the Glasgow city clerk, Sir James David Marwick. Bob and Jack Edwards eventually decided to emigrate to the North America in 1892.
Edwards was elected in the 1921 Alberta general election as an Independent candidate. He was one of five MLAs elected in a plurality vote in that election.
He died in 1922, vacating his seat.
Edwards is buried in Calgary"s Union Cemetery. Bob Edwards Junior High School in Calgary, Alberta is named in his honour. The Bob Edwards Award has been presented annually since 1977 to a provocative Canadian who is not afraid to speak his or her mind.
Notable recipients have included Rick Mercer, Margaret Atwood and Preston Manning.
Originally supporting Alberta Theatre Projects as a fundraising luncheon, in 2012 the event moved to the Calgary Public Library Foundation as their signature gala. The long-running Calgary Eyeopener morning show on Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio One in Calgary is named after Edwards" famous newspaper.