PETER MOIR BARCLAY, M.D. Of the physicians an surgeons in Orange County who built up an extensive practice,
special mention should be made of the late Dr. Barclay, of Newburgh. He was a son of Dr. Alexander and Mary J.
Fraser (Watt) Barclay, and was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, April 20, 1834. His parents came to America in 1835,
settling in Newburgh. Here Peter M. received his preliminary education, graduating from the Academy in 1848. In
r856 he began the study of medicine under his father, and graduated from the University of New York in 1854. July
9, 1866, Governor Fenton appointed him surgeon to the 19th Infantry of New York, with the rank of captain. Dr.
Barclay was a nonresident member of the Medico Legal Society of New York, and was prominently identified with the
Masonic fraternity, including the Knights Templar.
He was united in marriage, June 19, 1872, with Miss Harriet E., daughter of Captain C. B. Armstrong. They had one
daughter, Maude, now the wife of Mr. John B. Rose, a leading brick manufacturer and representative citizen of Newburgh.
Of Dr. Barclay's skill in his profession it is unnecessary to speak, as his talents were known and appreciated
for nearly half a century in this city and adjoining portions of the State. He was also recognized as a leading
citizen, performing in a plain and courteous manner the various social duties that devolved upon him. His death
occurred in Newburgh, February 10, 1901.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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