Men's Clan Barclay Crest Badge T-Shirt in Black. AVAILABLE IN SIZES M-XXXL.
Large two color crest badge on back of shirt with small one color chest print that reads Clan Barclay with Crossed Claymore Swords and Targe below.
Printed on 100% Pre Shrunk Cotton T-Shirt.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: Out of a chapeau azure turned ermine a hand holding a dagger, proper.
Motto: Aut agere aut mori (Latin): Either action or death.
The Clansman's Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Barclay Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Barclay descendant.
"Cuimhnich air na daoine o'n d'thaining thu" - Remember the men from whom you are descended.
The Barclay clan always maintained trade links with Scandinavia and the Baltic states through their coastal lands. In 1621, John and Peter Barclay, merchants of Banff, wished to settle in Rostock in Livonia. Sir Patrick Barclay, Baron of Towie signed a letter of safe conduct in their favour, a letter which remains in the hands of the Barclay descendants in Riga to this day. The brothers traded in silk and became burghers of the town. John Barclay had written "Norway is an abominable nation where many are notorious for their witch craft" in 1631. John Barclay was among many foreign officers who towards the end of the Thirty-year War (in which he seems to have participated), enlisted in Norwegian military service during the so-called Hannibal War, 1643 to 1645 between Denmark-Norway and Sweden. He was engaged as Captain on 9 September 1644. Although foreign officers were discharged after the war, Captain Barclay sought to maintain his military position. It is unknown whether his application was granted. John's grandson, Stephen Barclay de Tolly, believed to have been born in Riga in 1677, also served as a Major in the service of Denmark-Norway.
The direct descendant of the Livonian Barclays was Russian Field Marshall Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, born in 1761. He was made Russian Minister of War in 1810, rising to Commander of the Russian Armies in 1812 fighting against Napoleon Bonaparte. Instead of pursuing a campaign of direct confrontation with the French, he chose a scorched earth policy which starved the French army as it passed through the country towards Moscow. The plan was a resounding success, leading to the French retreat from Moscow in 1812 and their ultimate defeat. The Russian nobility resented the appointment of a foreign commander-in-chief, but his ability was undeniable and the Tsar named him a prince in 1815. George III of the United Kingdom named him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. His portrait hangs in the Military Gallery in St Petersburg.
Ardrossan Castle and Balvaird Castle belong to the Barclays. Towie Barclay Castle was formerly owned by the Barclays.