Barclay Barrowman

10 Mar 1896 - 31 Jan 1978

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Barclay Barrowman

10 Mar 1896 - 31 Jan 1978
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The headstone of Barclay Barrowman. Cemetery: St Mary's Churchyard, Location: Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Birth: 10 Mar 1896, Death: 31 Jan 1978.

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Barclay Barrowman


St Mary's Churchyard

78 Mutton Lane
Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
United Kingdom


In Loving Memory Of Dr Barclay Barrowman Dato'Semboh Di Raja of Selangor, Malaya Born 10th March 1896 Died 31st January 1978 Also His Dear Wife Marguerite Emily 18 January 1901 8 July 1988 Reunited

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Marriage date and place unknown, possibly took place in Scotland or Abroad. See Life Story and Memory for further information

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Dr Barclay Barrowman

Contributor: bacrog Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Dr Barclay Barrowman JP, DTM, FCO, FRSH was born on 10th March 1896 in 100 Elderelic Street, Kelvin, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland the son of a Lime Merchant John Barrowman (1844-1900) and Helen Agnew (1854-?) he is the youngest of 9 children: Isabella (1874-?), Mary (1875-?), James (1878-?), Christina (1882-?), John (1887-?), Helen (1891-?), Margaret (1895-?) including his sister Janet (1879-?) a suffragette who was arrested at Bow Street in 1912 and sentenced to two months hard labour in Holloway Prison.

After graduating from Glasgow University he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving in WW1 as a surgeon practitioner Service No: P338853, eventually returning to live with his parents and siblings in Glasgow where he continued to work as a general practitioner.

In 1928 he married Marguerite Emily Burn who was born on 18 January 1901 at Grasmere, Dugdale Hill, Potters Bar the daughter of Sir Joseph Burn and wife Lady Emily H Burn who had 5 children. Joseph's occupation of Actuary is recorded in the 1901 census when they are residing in Dugdale Hill, South Mimms with their children Kathleen (1897), Rodney (1900) and Marguerite (1901) along with a 13 year old servant Nellie Young and visitor Ernest W Newman.

Dr. Barclay Barrowman held the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and of Tropical Hygiene from the University of Liverpool and became the successor in Sir Malcolm Watson's estate practice at Klang, Malaysia after working with him for several years. He was subsequently appointed Personal Physician to the Sultan of Selangor who invested him with the title Dato'Semboh Di Raja of Selangor, Malaya in 1937. During his work as a malariologist he made advances in it's treatment and prevention, writing several articles on the subject as well as improving conditions for the local labour force and running instructional courses. He served as President of the BMA Malayan Branch and was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Sultan's successor. During WW2 he achieved the rank of Colonel after advising the Australian Military then the Malayan Planning Unit of the London War Office before returning with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel to Malaya to serve with the Military Administration as Advisor in Malariology. 

Dr Barclay Barrowman retired due to ill health in 1947 and passed away 31st January 1978 in Elstree and Potters Bar Registration District leaving a Will which was probated on 19 April 1978 in Winchester. A new highway to Port Swettenham, Malaysia was named Barrowman Road to commemorate his services after his retirement. There is an obituary in the British Medical Journal, 1978, i, p. 514.

Barclay and Marguerite Barrowman had 2 children Gillian Emily Barrowman who is believed to have been born around 1931 in Malaysia. She is first documented on a 1931 incoming passenger list where she is listed as a 3 month old infant travelling with her parents from Malaya to England. She is recorded in 1937 with her mother and brother Gavin Renfrew Barrowman who was born 1933 in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia returning to England from Batavia, Indonesia to stay with their grandmother Lady Burn at Rydal Mount, Potters Bar and again in 1945 on a passenter list to Sydney, Australia with her mother and brother. 

Gillian is  later recorded on the electoral register residing with her parents in Potters Bar before her marriage in 1955 to Barrie S Hearson in Wood Green, Middx and subsequent move to reside in Exeter, Devon where her mother Marguerite's death is registered in 1988.  

Mrs Marguerite Barrowman published Life As Remembered From Rydal Mount (1905-1927) which has been published by The Potters Bar and District Historical Society 


Life timeline of Barclay Barrowman

Barclay Barrowman was born on 10 Mar 1896
Barclay Barrowman was 8 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Barclay Barrowman was 16 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Barclay Barrowman was 34 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Barclay Barrowman was 44 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Barclay Barrowman was 48 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Barclay Barrowman was 57 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Barclay Barrowman was 69 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
Barclay Barrowman died on 31 Jan 1978 at the age of 81