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Robert Barclay Manuscripts Collection

 Collection — othertype: MSS-050
Identifier: SFHL-MSS-050

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of manuscript documents by or about Robert Barclay and his works, written during his lifetime.


  • Creation: 1678 - 1704


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research use. Due to the age, fragility, and rarity of these materials, special staff supervision or assistance may be required.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Robert Barclay, Quaker theologian, was born in 1648, the son of Colonel David Barclay of Ury, Scotland. He became a Quaker in 1667, shortly after his father joined the Society of Friends. His writings, especially his "Apology for the True Christian Divinity" (Latin, 1676; English, 1678) systemitized the principles of Quakerism. He travelled to Holland and Germany as a lay minister and served as the nonresident govenor of East Jersey. In 1669 he married Christian Molleson, a Quaker, and he died in 1690. His writings were collected and published as "Truth Triumphant" in 1692.

Robert Barclay of Ury, the Younger, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1672, the eldest son of Quaker theologian Robert Barclay and Christian (Mallison) Barclay. He was preaching in public by the age of 22 and continued his ministry until his death in 1747. He was the author of several published works, including "A serious address to the well-meaning followers of Antonia Bourignon" (1708), "An Essay Upon Faith" (1741), and "A Genealogical Account of the Barclays of Urie" (1740).


.2 linear ft.

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Robert Barclay (1648-1690) was a Scottish Quaker and arguably the most influential theologian in the history of the Religious Society of Friends. This small collection consists of manuscript documents by or about Robert Barclay and his works, written during his lifetime.

Custodial History

Purchase, 1993. Belonged to Barclay Family. Previous to FHL acquisition, materials were stored on deposit by the Barclay Family at Friends House, London.

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