David Barclay (MP)

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David Barclay (29 September 1784, Eastwick[1] – 1 July 1861)[2] was an English Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1826 and 1847.

His father was Robert Barclay (1751-1830) and his mother Rachel Gurney.[1] His father was a quaker and in 1780 became a partner in Thrale’s brewery in Southwark.[3] He worked at Barclay Brothers and Company, based at 34 Old Broad Street, and was auditor to a number of concerns: the African Institution, Rock Life Assurance Office.[3]

At the 1826 general election Barclay was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Penryn in Cornwall.[4] He held the seat until the 1830 general election,[2] when he did not stand again in Penryn.[4]

At the 1832 general election Barclay unsuccessfully contested the newly enfranchised borough of Sunderland.[5] He was unsuccessful again at by-election in April 1833, but won a seat at the 1835 general election, and held it until his defeat in 1837.[5] He was re-elected as an MP for Sunderland at the 1841 general election and held the seat until his resignation in 1847[5][6] by appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds.[7]

Barclay married Maria Dorothea Williamson, daughter of Sir Hedworth Williamson, 7th Baronet. Their son Alexander Charles Barclay was later MP for Taunton.[8]


  1. ^ a b Townsley, Brian. "David Barclay". Webtrees. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Howard. "BARCLAY, David (1784-1861), of Gloucester Place, Portman Square, Mdx.". History of Parliament online. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 46. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  5. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 295. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ "no. 20811". The London Gazette. 31 December 1847. p. 4789. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Stanton
Pascoe Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: William Manning
Succeeded by
Charles Lemon
James William Freshfield
Preceded by
Sir William Chaytor, Bt
William Thompson
Member of Parliament for Sunderland
With: William Thompson
Succeeded by
Andrew White
William Thompson
Preceded by
Andrew White
William Thompson
Member of Parliament for Sunderland
With: William Thompson to September 1841
Viscount Howick Sept 1841 – 1845
George Hudson from 1845
Succeeded by
Sir Hedworth Williamson
George Hudson