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"Apologie de la Vraie Theologie Christienne"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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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 then in English in 1678. In 1677, Barclay 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.

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


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
September, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, Undated.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, Undated.
Volume 2
Vol. 3, Undated.
Volume 3
Vol. 4, Undated.
Volume 4

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