Barclay Family: Historic Barclays  

Historic Barclays

The Misty Origins of the Barclays

The Barclays of Stonehaven

Colonel David Barclay, 1st Laird of Ury

Barclay of Ury
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Robert Barclay, Second Laird of Ury

The Governor of East Jersey, New Jersey and Quaker Apologist

1648 - 1690

By Teddy L. Barclay Pope, Ed. D. and Dennise L Pope of Houston, Texas

(includes The Fundamental Constitutions for the Province of East New Jersey in America, Anno Domini 1683  &  Theses Theologicae, The Fifteen Propositions From ROBERT BARCLAY'S

Robert Barclay was appointed Governor of the Colony of East Jersey by King James II
 and his Prime Minister Lord Granville in 1682.
Early Jersey Landowners of Warren

Info from an e-message from Tim Heaton :

"Prince Michael (Barclay) de Tolly - Architect of the Burnt Earth Policy used by the Russian Imperial Army
to stop the progress of Napoleon.  Being not of Russian Nobility, his policy was heartily disliked by his rival generals.  He advised against making a stand against Napoleon but was demoted.  The resulting battle,
Borodino, before the gates of Moscow is still one of the bloodiest battles in history, not least because Napoeon's army was still a formidable force. At one stage he was the Governor of the newly conquered Finland and was
attempting to invade Sweden. The Portrait of Prince Barclay still hangs in the War Gallery of the Winter
Palace, St Petersberg.  My wife and I saw it on a trip to Russia in 1994.  The gallery was a celebration of the Russian victory over Napoleon.
 We lived in Poland for 4 years (1992 to 1995) and had hoped to go across the border to Lithuania to find the
Barclay Estates there (or their remains) and the memorials said to be in the Churches in Vilnius and Riga but
never found the right time to do so.

 (See: "The Commander, A life of Barclay de Tolly" by Michael Josselson and Diana Josselson published by Oxford university press 1980  ISBN 0-19-215854-6)

"The Northrepps Grandchildren" by Verily Anderson 1068 ISBN 340 02617 0 published by Hodder & Stoughton, London.  Covers Northrepp family, a well known Quaker/Barclay family in Norfolk, UK. Linked to the Barclay, Buxton and Gurney families.  Relatives include Thomas Fowell Buxton of slave emancipation fame and Elizabeth Fry. I met Andrew Buxton when we lived in Dubai.  Andrew (recently retired) was the last Barclay family member on the board of Barclays Bank.  Barclays Bank PLC is a FTSE100 quoted company.

"Barclay Fox's Journal"  edited by R L Brett isbn 0 7135 1865 0 published by Bell & Hyman , London1979.
Record of early victorian England 1832 to 1844. Falmouth, Cornwall  was the location for quite a gathering of Barclays and Quakers.

"A History of the Barclay Family   - From 1066 to 1924" (only about 125 copies) Part I published 1924 , written
by The Rev Charles W Barclay.  Covers primarily Gloucestershire Barclays from Roger de Berchelai who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066 and is noted in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Part II written by Lt-Col Hubert F Barclay contains info on the Scottish Barclays and other Engish Barclays.
Part III also written by Lt-Col Barclay published in 1934. Some info on US Barclays:  David Walthamstow in the American War of Independence.  Alexander Barclay of Philadelphia. contract for the purchase of East New
Jersey in 1685. Privately Published 1933 also by The St Catherine Press, Stamford St, London

"Barclay's Apology" by Robert Barclay
Per Dean Driday's modern english version 1967 library of congress 67-18796 says this was first published 1676
n Latin and in english in 1678.  The edition I have is dated " From Ury, 25th November in the year 1675"

We also have a dress dated 1865 with a photo of the owner, Fanny Chapman, a forebearer, and we also have the brooch shown in the picture.  Also some Barclay wedding silver of 1865 being a silver cruet with 8 bottles for oil, vinegar etc.  These relate to Barclays in Birmingham, UK."

"John Barclay of Dublin owed the "Barclay Frigate" which was provisioned in Dublin
4-2-1742, and the "Diana" of Dublin, provisioned 2-24-1743. He was allowed shipment
of wheat to Barbados 10-16-1741. It is probable that young Robert took one of these

               vessels, probably the "Barclay Frigate" to the colonies following trouble with his family."
                                     (submitted by TLB Pope from the information of Margaret Barclay)
 Several sources state that Robert completed the voyage to the Barbados and sold the entire cargo, keeping the profits to purchase land in America.

William Barclay  served 6 terms in the House of Representatives and Senate of Alabama.  (wife Mary Rhea)

Archibald Rhea Barclay (son of William Barclay above) was a lawyer and member of the Constitutional Congress and the House of Representatives of Alabama.

Portrait of Commander Robert Heriot Barclay,  28 years, Royal Navy Officer, Commander of
British Naval forces at the Battle of  Lake Erie, September 10, 1813 (War of 1812) and his ship,
H.M.S. Detroit
(as depicted by Peter Rindlisbacher)
Opposing American forces at Lake Erie

The Breeder's Gazette, December 28, 1918

Mr. Barclay, British Consul to New York City. Sons were second Rector of Trinity Church in New York City, and Henry Barclay, who founded a model industrial city in NY state before 1860. (submitted by TLB Pope)

James Walter Barclay (son of Walter Barclay of Rowan Co, NC) served 2 terms in the House of Representatives of Texas.  Also served as county sheriff, judge and agent to the Alabama Indians. Received pension land for service in Army of the Republic of TexasPhoto of James' descendants

Colonel Tignal Jones, husband of Mary E. Barclay, was U.S. Ambassador to Spain, following his Army service in the Mexican and Civil Wars. (submitted by TLB Pope as found in "Handbook of Texas Online")

 On election day in Tyler Co., Texas in 1850, Jeremiah Todd Barclay, son of Walter Barclay of Rowan Co, NC,  was shot and killed. Son of Jeremiah & Elizabeth Rigsby Barclay, W. Anderson Barclay,was
an infant at the time of his father's death, but at age 25 determined to hunt for the murderer. He never located the man but his quest took him to Falls County where he stayed on to found the town of Barclay, Texas.
William Anderson Barclay founded the town, Barclay, Texas.  He had a cotton plantation of several thousand acres in cotton, and the town grew up around it. The citizens officially named the town for him, which had been called Barclay's informally prior to that time, as the general store, blacksmith shop, etc. had all been there. Around the turn of the century there were 100 children in the Barclay school, a
number of business establishments, several churches and cemeteries.  Around 1866 WA had gone to
Falls County seeking  information about this father's killer of 16 years before.  He found out that (the
muderer) Mr. Hanks was dead. He stayed in the area and worked in a general store and ran courier through Indian territory at night for heafty payment. With this he got his start in accumulating land and wealth. In his old age he lived in Temple, Texas, where he died in the late 1920's.  His heirs divided the property into small farms of 60 acres, and sold them.  The family home still stands.  These family farms are planted mostly in corn.  Barclay is no longer a town, but a small community of six or seven houses.  They receive their mail out of Rosebud. (note: W.A. grew up on Judge James Barclay's farm in Tyler County.)

related link:

Barclay, Texas

(submitted by TLB Pope)

Article in a Sunday edition of the Beaumont Enterprise 1935
(contributed by Donald G. & Paulette Barclay of Bridge City, TX)

The Life of Florence Barclay - A Study in Personality

The Books of Florence Barclay

The Rosary (GP Putnam & Sons, 1910)
The Mistress of Shenstone (1910)
The Following of the Star (1911)
Through the Postern Gate (1911)
The Broken Halo (1913)
The Wall of Partition (1914)
The Upas Tree (1912)
Returned Empty (1920)
The Wheels of Time (1909)
My Heart's Right There (1915)
In Hoc Vince (Unknown date)
The White Ladies of Worcester (1917?)
A Notable Prisoner (Date unknown)
The Golden Censor (Date unknown)
Guy Mervyn (Revised by one of her daughters, published 1932)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States having lunch with President Edwin J. Barclay of Liberia at Roberts
International Airport, during FDR's visit to Liberia in January 1943.

The Alben W. Barkley Collection - Biography & Political Cartoons

Alben William Barkley, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT (1949-1953).
 photo above: 1949 Commencement address by Vice President Alben Barkley was the first event ever televised from the University of Kentucky. Alben W. Barkley Museum, Paducah, KY

Series of "Historical Minutes"
April 30, 1956
Death of Senator Alben Barkley
It was perhaps the best exit line in all of American political history. Never has a United States senator
bid farewell with such timing and drama. Kentucky's Alben Barkley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1913 until 1927, when he moved to the Senate. In 1937, Senate Democrats
chose him as their majority leader. At the 1948 Democratic convention, the seventy-year-old Barkley
won the vice-presidential nomination. The following January, after twelve years of leading the Senate from the floor, Vice  President Barkley became its constitutional presiding officer.
 Barkley loved the Senate and became the last vice president to preside more than half the time the
Senate was in session. When his vice-presidential term ended in 1953, he ran for Kentucky's other
Senate seat. His 1954 defeat of an incumbent Republican returned Senate control to the Democrats
by a one-vote margin and made Lyndon Johnson majority leader. On April 30, 1956, Barkley traveled
to Virginia's Washington and Lee University. There he gave one of his trademark rip-snorting,
Republican-bashing speeches. At its conclusion, he reminded his audience that after forty-two years
in national politics he had become a freshman again and had declined a front-row chamber seat with
senior senators.
 "I am glad to sit in the back row," he declared, "for I would rather be a servant in the House of the
Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty." Then, with the applause of a large audience ringing in his
ears, he dropped dead. For an old-fashioned orator, there could have been no more appropriate final
stage exit.

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