Barclay, William

(1546-1608) Scottish jurist, died Angers, France. He was a professor of civil law in the University of Pont-a-Mousson, when his work on the royal power, in which, contrary to the usual Catholic view, he advocated the divine right of kings, brought him from James I of England the offer of a lucrative post, conditional on his apostasy. This he refused. He was also the author of a work on the Pandects, and a treatise on the papal power, which caused considerable controversy when published by his son John in 1609.

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