Biography of Thomas Barclay
Thomas Barclay (1792-1873) was Principal from 1858 until his death. He led the campaign to raise funds required to relocate the University from its High Street site to Gilmorehill.
Born at Unst in Shetland, Barclay graduated MA from King's College, Aberdeen and became a journalist in London. He returned to Scotland to become a minister, was awarded a DD by the University of Aberdeen in 1849, and became a leading moderate in the Church of Scotland. His physical resemblance to John Knox made him popular with the students at the University after he was appointed Principal in 1858.