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David Barclay, 1st Laird of Urie

Nicknames: "1st Laird of Urie"
Birthplace: Kirktonhill, Mathers Estate, Scotland, Scotland
Death: Died in Urie, Kincardine, Scotland
Place of Burial: At Urie, Fetterose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of David Barclay; David Barclay; Elizabeth Barclay and Elizabeth Barclay
Husband of Catherine Barclay and Katherine Gordon
Father of Robert Barclay; Robert Barclay; David Barclay, 1650; Lucy Barclay; John Barclay and 1 other

Occupation: of Urie,
Managed by: Joy Koesten
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About David Barclay, 1st Laird of Urie


Col. David Barclay (1610 – October 12, 1686), of Mathers, St Cyrus, Kincardineshire in Scotland, was 1st Laird of Urie near Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland, and father of Robert Barclay, the eminent Quaker apologist. Following active service in Europe as a professional soldier under Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, he attained the rank of Colonel and fought in the English Civil War on the side of the King. In 1647 he purchased the lands and barony of Urie in Kincardineshire from William Keith, 7th Earl of Marischal.

As a known associate of the Earl Marischal he was subsequently confined in Edinburgh Castle where he was converted to Quakerism in 1665 by the celebrated laird of Swinton, who was confined in the same prison.


Col. David Barclay was the son of David Barclay (1580–1660), 11th of Mathers , of Kincardineshire, Scotland and Elizabeth Livingstone, daughter of John Livingston of Dunnipace.

He married Katherine Gordon, daughter of Sir Robert Gordon (1580–1656), 1st Baronet., founder of Gordonstoun School and Louisa Gordon of London, on 24 Dec 1647 in Kincardine.

By Katherine he had two daughters, Lucy and Jean, and three sons, Robert, John, and David.

Lucy died unmarried.

Jean married Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, to whom she bore eight children.

Robert, the eldest son, who became celebrated as the apologist for the Quakers.

John, the second son, settled in East Jersey in America, where he married and left issue.

David died unmarried.

External links

The History of the Surname Barclay

Further reading

ODNB article by Brian M. Halloran, ‘Barclay, Robert (1611/12–1682)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [1], accessed 3 Dec 2007.


Sir David Barclay, Baron of Callairnie and Third Bailie of Lindores, Callairnie Castle, Fife, Scotland, and of Urie in Kincadine, and other lands, united them into the Barony of Urie. His oldest son, Robert, was appointed by the King as Governor of East Jersey in 1683. Sir David's wife, mother of Robert, was Lady Katherine Gordon, known as "The White Rose of Scotland", to whom he was married Dec. 24, 1647.

Col. David Barclay of Urie, who purchased the estate in 1648 from William, Earl Marishal. He served with dis-tinction in the army of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and in the civil wars at home. In 1666 he joined the Quak-ers, and suffered persecution, imprisonment, and various indignities on account of his religious beliefs. He is de-scribed as a "proper, tall, personage of a man as could be seen among thousands. His hair was white as flax, but quite bald upon the top of his head, which obliged him to wear commonly a black satin cap under his hat". He died in 1686, and was buried 12th Oct. in a place selected by himself upon his grounds about a mile to the northwest of Urie.

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David Barclay, 1st Laird of Urie's Timeline

December 25, 1647
Age 37
Gordonstoun, Moray, Scotland
December 23, 1648
Age 38
Gordonston, Morayshire, Scotland
Age 40
Of Urie, Fetterose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 47
Of Urie, Kincardine, Scotland
Age 49
Urie, Fetterose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
October 12, 1686
Age 76
Urie, Kincardine, Scotland
October 12, 1686
Age 76
At Urie, Fetterose, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Of Urie, Kincardine, Scotland