The last essay in British Particular Baptists, Volume 5, is on George Barclay (1774-1838)

The last essay in British Particular Baptists, Volume 5, is on George Barclay (1774-1838)

20th May 2020

George Barclay . . . served in one church for thirty-six years. He was a Baptist by conviction. . . The uniqueness of the ecclesiology of his congregation was such that there was no other similar cause that could send a minister to represent it from amongst the existing Baptist churches in Scotland. . . . The Irvine minister, together with his colleague Christopher Anderson had founded the first Baptist home mission agency that in time inspired other colleagues to join them in forming the Baptist Home Missionary Society for Scotland in 1827. . . Barclay was also a leading figure in the B.M.S., both in promoting its activities in Ireland and in supporting its workers in India. His enthusiasm for theological education was infectious, linking with the Horton College to train a generation of Scottish Baptist theological students. . . .George Barclay, in conclusion, was probably the most influential minister in Scottish Baptist ranks in his lifetime, establishing a pattern for ministry that continues to the present day. --Brian Talbot