Master of Arts, University Edinburgh, 1938. Bachelor of Laws, University Edinburgh, 1940.
Solicitor, Edinburgh, 1946-1947;
advocate, Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, 1947-1960;
Queen's Counsel, Scotland, 1960-1975;
sheriff principal, North Strathclyde, Scotland, 1975-1978;
sheriff principal, Lothian and Borders, 1978-1990. Part time sheriff principal Orkney, Shetland, Caithness, Sutherland, 1965-1975. Commissioner Mental Welfare Commission, Scotland, 1962-1965.
Chairman Sheriff Court Rules Council, Scotland, 1975-1981. Senior advocate deputy Crown Office, Scotland, 1964-1965.
Chairman Northern Lighthouse Board, Scotland, 1983-1984, 85-87, Sir Walter Scott Club, Edinburgh, 1989-1992. Convener General Council University Edinburgh, 1980-1984. Honorary president Royal High School Foreign Policy Club, Edinburgh, 1982-1991.
Member New Club Edinburgh.
Married Audrey Muriel Owen. Children: Susan Joyce, Frederick David Fitzgerald, Owen Neil.