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Barclay, Hugh (DNB00)


BARCLAY, HUGH (1799–1884), a Scottish lawyer and sheriff substitute of Perthshire, was descended from the old Barclay family of Fifeshire, and was born on 18 Jan. 1799 in Glasgow, where his father was a merchant. After serving his apprenticeship as a law agent he was admitted a member of the Glasgow faculty in 1821. In 1829 he was appointed sheriff substitute of the western district of Perthshire, and in 1833 sheriff substitute of the county. He died at his residence at Early-bank, Craigie, near Perth, on 1 Feb. 1884, having for several years been the oldest judge in Scotland. Sheriff Barclay was the author of ‘A Digest of the Law of Scotland, with special reference to the Office and Duties of the Justice of the Peace,’ 1852–3, a work which has passed into several editions, and has proved of invaluable service to the class of magistrates for which it was intended. Besides editions of various other legal works, he also published ‘Law of Highways,’ 1847; ‘Public House Statutes,’ 1862; ‘Judicial Procedure in Presbyterian Church Courts,’ 1876; and other minor tractates, such as ‘Hints to Legal Students,’ ‘The Local Courts of England and Scotland compared,’ and ‘The Outline of the Law of Scotland against Sabbath Profanation.’ He was a frequent contributor to the ‘Journal of Jurisprudence’ and other legal periodicals, and his papers on the ‘Curiosities of the Game Laws’ and ‘Curiosities of Legislation’ were also published by him in a collected form. For many years he was a prominent member of the general assembly of the church of Scotland, and, taking an active interest in ecclesiastical and philanthropic matters, he published ‘Thoughts on Sabbath Schools,’ 1855; ‘The Sinaitic Inscriptions,’ 1866, and a few other small works of a similar kind.

[Scotsman, 2 Feb. 1884.]

T. F. H.