Hugh Barclay (lawyer)

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Hugh Barclay
Born 18 January 1799
Died February 1, 1884(1884-02-01) (aged 85)
Craigie, Ayrshire
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Lawyer

Hugh Barclay (1799–1884), was a Scottish lawyer and sheriff substitute of Perthshire.


Barclay was descended from the old Barclay family of Fife, and was born on 18 January 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, Ayrshire, near Perth, on 1 February 1884, having for several years been the oldest judge in Scotland.[1]

Published works[edit]

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 had several editions. With editions of various other legal works, he also published:[1]

  • Law of Highways, 1847
  • Public House Statutes, 1862
  • Judicial Procedure in Presbyterian Church Courts, 1876;

and shorter works, such as:[1]

  • Hints to Legal Students,
  • The Local Courts of England and Scotland compared,
  • 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.[1]

For many years Barclay 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 some other related works.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Barclay, Hugh". Dictionary of National Biography. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Barclay, Hugh". Dictionary of National Biography. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co.