Robert Barclay (statistician)

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Robert Steven Barclay FRSE (died 1973) was a Scottish statistician, noted as a scholar of Orkney.

Barclay was born at Hurkisgarth, in Sandwick, on the Mainland of Orkney, and educated at Oxtro School, in Birsay, George Heriot's School, in Edinburgh, and Edinburgh University (BSc; PhD 1947).

Barclay served as an Ordinary Seaman in the Merchant Service from 1929-33. During World War II he served as Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve.

In 1949 he married Anne Moodie.[1]

In the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, upon the proposal of William O Kermack, Alexander Aitken, Frank Fraser Darling, James G Kydd and J B de Winton Moloney. From 1949-69 he was on the staff of Register House, Edinburgh.

Barclay died in Edinburgh on 20 March 1973.