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"Apologie de la Vraie Theologie Christienne"


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Barclay, Robert, 1648-1690
"Apologie de la Vraie Theologie Christienne"
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0.63 Linear feet
Cite as:
"Apologie de la Vraie Theologie Christienne" by Robert Barclay (MC.975.07.009), Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
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Robert Barclay (1648-1690) was born in 1648 in Gordonstown, Scotland, the son of Colonel David Barclay of Ury, and Katherine Gourdon. He was educated at Scots College, Paris and returned to Scotland in 1664. Barclay joined the Society of Friends in 1666. He married Christian Molleson in 1669, and the couple had seven children. In 1672, he was imprisoned at Montrosa, and was again imprisoned in 1676, this time in Talbooth prison, Aberdeen. Barclay's "Apology for the True Christian Divinity" was first published in Latin in 1676 and in English in 1678. In 1677, he went to Holland with George Keith, George Fox, and William Penn. Robert Barclay died after catching a fever, in 1690 at his home in Ury.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the four volumes of Robert Barclay's "Apology," translated into French by Georges Liens. The Apology summarized the early Quaker theological concerns of the beliefs of Friends as Barclay heard them preached by Fox and other influential Friends.

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Publication Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections,  September 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kara Flynn

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).



Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

  • MC 850 Portraits and Miscellaneous Photographs
  • MC 909 Barclay letters

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Manuscripts
  • Quakers
  • Quakers--Great Britain
  • Quakers--History
  • Religious thought.

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Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, Undated.

Vol. 2, Undated.

Vol. 3, Undated.

Vol. 4, Undated.