Pedigree of the Barclay of Urie family, c.1858

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Tables of pedigrees with related material on the Barclay family of Urie, Kincardineshire, and Bury Hill, Dorking, Surrey, compiled sometime after 1913 by Emma Sophia Galton.

  • ff.1-4 Pedigree of the Barclays of Urie to Robert Barclay [d.1842] with notes.
  • The remainder of the volume comprises transcripts, sometimes incomplete, from R Barclay A Genealogical Account of the Barclays of Urie formerly of Mathers (privately printed by James Chalmers, Aberdeen, 1740). Two items were transcribed for Hudson Gurney esq in 1856, another under the 'Superintendance of Mr Kinlock and Mr Kinnear, 1858'.
  • Loose within the volume: Notes [incomplete ?] from a letter from Rev Samuel Evans, vicar of Marshfield, Monmouthshire, to B C L Bevan giving the pedigree of the family of Bevan to Robert Cooper Lee Bevan (b.1809) and of other descendants of the seven sons of Silvanus Bevan [1743-1830]. (23pp.) Also two engravings of Keswick by H Gurney esq and Fraeme family tree.
  • Bound into the volume is a printed pamphlet, A Genealogical Account of the Berkeleys of Urie, London, 1812, 98pp.
  • f.291v, engraving of Lt Col Robert Barclay; ff.292v and 293r, photographs of paintings of Captain Barclay Allardice; f.293v photograph and copy of lithograph? of Urie; f.294r photograph of an engraving of Robert Barclay; f.301v pencil sketch of Urie.
  • Printed pamphlet: i-viii + 1-98 pp.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Barclay or Berkeley family were probably descended from a Roger de Berkeley who came to England with William the Conqueror and owned Barkely Castle in Gloucestershire. Barclays were common in Kincardinshire, and gained a base at Mathers from the 14th century. The son of David Barclay of Mathers, Colonel David Barclay, bought the estate of Urie in Kincardineshire in 1648 from the seventh Earl Marischal. His son Robert wrote Apology for the Quakers, an important Quaker document; he was the first to join the Society of Friends but after that the Barclays became a well known Quaker family. Robert Barclay-Allardice (1779-1842), known as Captain Barclay, was a famous pedestrian who undertook great feats of endurance, such as walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours.


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Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Edward C Lowe for ten guineas, 13 December 1960.


Call number used to be ms4999

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: half black calf with blue boards. Spine embossed, 'Barclay Family' with initial E.S.G. at foot.Paper: bound volume: 18.4x22.7cm, pamphlet 13.7x22.6cm.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Formerly in the possession of Emma Sophia Galton.




R Barclay, A Genealogical Account of the Barclays of Urie formerly of Mathers, privately printed by James Chalmers, Aberdeen, 1740.

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