Robert John BARCLAY

Regiment:                Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 9th Btn  

Rank & Number:      Private 1839  

27 March 1891; Burnfoot, Fairlie  

                        16 June 1958; 837 Crookston Road,

                       Brother of Thomas Barclay

ROBERT JOHN BARCLAY was born 27 Mar 1891 in Burnfoot, Fairlie to parents Robert, a stone mason, and Barbara Hunter (who married in Paisley on 4 Dec 1868).  He died at home at 837 Crookston Road, Glasgow on 16 Jun 1958 (aged 67, single, retired gardener).  

In the 1891 Census, Robert, aged 11 days old, is living Burnfoot, Fairlie with parents Robert (46, b. Fairlie, mason) and Barbara (49, b. Nitshill, Renfrew), siblings Jane (21), Alexander (14), Thomas (11), Grace (7) and maternal grandmother Jane Pettigrew (76).  

In the 1901 Census he is aged 10, and is living at 10 St. James Street, Paisley with his widowed mother Barbara (52) and siblings Alexander (24) and Grace (17), and 3 boarders.   By the time of the 1911 Census, he is aged 20 and a gardener domestic at Treesbank Estate, Riccarton, Ayr.    


On 13 May 1912, Robert J. Barclay enlisted in the Territorials (1839, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 8th Btn.) – he was aged 21, a gardener, residing at Glendaruel, Argyll, and his next of kin was his brother Alexander.  He was embodied on 5 Aug 1914, but was discharged medically unfit to serve on 19 September 1914.  No medal index card found.

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