Son to Mr John Shaw, Minister of Selkirk, apprenticed with David Trinsh bookseller 5 September 1660. Burgess as apprentice to David Trinsh stationer 20 November 1667; he married Elisabeth Cunninghame 15 November 1672; Guild Brother by right of wife Elspeth daughter to William Cunninghame merchant 11 February 1674. He served on the jury at Major Weir's trial in April 1670, and was one of the six booksellers who appealed successfully against A. Anderson's monopoly in 1671. A child buried in Greyfriars Churchyard 1 March 1676. Sold Lockyer's antimonial “Pilulae Radiis Solis Extractae” in 1676. He married Marion Marshell 1 February 1683, and they had a son William. A 'halflin' was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard 10 February 1687. Gideon Shaw was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard 9 March 1687, and his will was registered 24 March 1688, the inventory was published in Bann.Misc.ii,292. Apprentices: Walter Cunningham 27 November 1667, Burgess 19 March 1679; John Harper 11 February 1673; Patrick Rutherford 16 February 1676; Andrew Chalmers 20 June 1683, Burgess 22 February 1689.