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John Barclay -- Catholic Encyclopedia
Author of the political novel "Argenis" and other Latin works in prose and verse, was b. 28 January, 1582, at Pont-à-Mousson; d. in Rome, August, 1621. His father was William Barclay. John Barclay received his early schooling from the Jesuits, and at the age of nineteen he published a commentary on the "Thebais" of Statius. In 1603 father and son, perhaps attracted by the union of the Scotch and English crowns, tried their fortunes in London. The son dedicated to James his "Euphormionis Lusinini Satyricon". After a brief stay in France, John returned to England in 1605.
"John Barclay (January 28, 1582 -- August 15, 1621) was a Scottish satirist and Latin poet....The literary effort of his closing years was his best-known work the Argenis, a political romance, resembling in certain respects the Arcadia of Sidney, and the Utopia of More, completed about a fortnight before his death, which has been said to have been hastened by poison." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barclay_(1582...
BARCLAY (John), son of the preceding [William Barclay], born in France, 1582, at Pontamousson, where his father was professor. He studied under the Jesuits, who became so fond of him, on account of his capacity and genius, that they used their utmost endeavours to engage him in their society, which was the reason of his father's breaking with them, and of his retiring with his son to England. Soon after his arrival in England, John Barclay wrote a Latin poem on the coronation of King James, and in 1603 dedicated the first part of his "Euphormio" to his majesty. The king was highly pleased with these two pieces, and would have been glad to have retained young Barclay in England; but his father, not finding things answer his expectations, took a resolution of returning to France, and being afraid of his son's becoming a Protestant, he insisted on his going along with him. John continued at Angers till the death of his father, when he removed to Paris, where he married, and soon after went to London. After ten years residence in London, he went to Paris again. The year following he went to Rome, being invited thither by Pope Paul V. from whom he received many civilities, as he did likewise from Cardinal Bellarmin. He died at Rome, 1621.
---A New and General Biographical Dictionary. 1793.
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