When James Barclay was born on 10 April 1822, in Markinch, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, David Barclay, was 25 and his mother, Margaret Ford, was 30. He married Agnes Turner on 8 March 1846, in Falkland, Fife, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Fife, Scotland in 1861 and Falkland, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 10 years. He died on 17 November 1902, in Cameron, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 80.
Scottish: habitational name of English origin, from any of several places so called, such as Berkley in Somerset or Berkeley in Gloucestershire, both named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
History: The surname was brought to Scotland from southwestern England in the 12th century; Walter de Berchelai or Berkelai was Chamberlain of Scotland in 1165. It was long assumed that they were from the family that held Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, but the historian G. W. S. Barrow (1973, The Kingdom of the Scots) adduced evidence that they are more probably from Berkley in Somerset.
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