Introduction of the Clan Barclay Convention (Derbhfine) of 2021
Of the numerous pre-sixteenth century Barclay lineages, including Kilbirnie-Ladyland, Kippo, Perceton, Collairnie, Touch, Gartly, Mathers and Towie, as well as their cadets, only the houses of Ury and Towie have recognized chiefs. This then begs the question - where are the missing Barclay chiefs? By rights, each house should have their own chief and from this body should a Clan Chief be selected. Clan members have expressed the desire to restore the Barclay family to our rightful place within the Scottish family network and those of us who want to see this goal achieved have initiated the process necessary to accomplish it. In support of this effort, a survey has been developed for all those of the Barclay name or who have hereditary connections to the Barclay family. This survey is to understand the depth of support, within the world-wide network of Barclays, for accomplishing said goal. It will help demonstrate, we believe, there is a world-wide desire to restore the Barclay family to its rightful place within the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
What is the Proposed Plan for the Barclay Family Convention?
The path that we are recommending is to hold a Barclay Family Convention (or Derbhfine) on-line during 2021. The family convention would have the intent of selecting proposed chiefs of each house and to select a Clan Commander to lead the clan as searches continue to identify and select a candidate Clan Barclay Chief. The Commander will be selected to serve a term of at least two years which can be extended if necessary. The purpose behind the appointment of a Commander is for that person to provide a focus to take the family forward and to encourage any potential chiefs to gather the evidence needed to take their case before the Lord Lyon. A Commander acts as head of the family and would need to be prepared to be more than a figure head. He or she would be expected, in this position, to attend gatherings of the wider family and to represent the name at events.
Request to All Who Are Interested in Seeing This Process Completed
Please complete the survey below by 15 February 2021. If you are interested in attending the Derbhfine and/or being considered for a house chief or the Clan Barclay Commander position, please indicate this on the form. Candidates will be contacted with all pertinent data, updates, requirements, etc. If you know of other Barclay family members or relations, please forward this link to them and encourage their participation.