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