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Robert Barclay

1648-1690. Scottish Quaker theologian and apologist. Son of a professional soldier who had fought with [[Gustavus Adolphus]] as well as in the Scottish army, Barclay was sent to France at the age of ten. There he spent four years studying with his uncle, who was rector of the Scots College (Roman Catholic) at Paris. Returning to Scotland, he followed his father in accepting Quakerism (1667). In 1670 he married a convert, Christina Mollison, settled at his estate at Ury, and began to write the apologetic treatises which were to bring him fame. Barclay's persecution began in 1672 after he walked through the streets of Aberdeen clothed with sackcloth and with ashes on his head. He was imprisoned the same year and several times thereafter, including his longest sentence during the winter of 1676-77. He also traveled to the Continent in the service of his faith. His first trip in 1676 brought him into contact with his distant relative Princess Elizabeth of the Rhine. She had taken an