Barclay Crest: Out of a chapeau azure ermine a hand holding a dagger proper.
Barclay Clan Motto: Aut Agere Aut Mori (Either action or death).
Barclay Clan History: The Barclay surname is of Norman origin. Family tradition suggests that Roger, Provost of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, had a son, John de Berchelai, who in 1076 travelled to Scotland with the train of Queen Margaret. Margaret married Máel Coluim mac Donnchada (Malcolm III "Canmore"). Malcolm Canmore granted John lands at Towie in the parish of Turriff, Aberdeenshire. The Barclay's, through marriages and alliances soon established themselves as an influential family throughout Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.
John's de Berchelai's son, Walter is said to have been the 3rd Laird of Gartly in Strathbogie, and his Grandson, Sir Walter, was Chamberlain of Scotland 1165-1189. As little is written of the Towie branch until the 1500's it appears that Gartly line, for several hundred years, were main branch of the Barclay family in North East Scotland.