Barclay, Alexander

▪ English poet
born c. 1476
died June 10, 1552, Croydon, Surrey, Eng.
 poet who won contemporary fame chiefly for his adaptation of a popular German satire, Das Narrenschiff, by Sebastian Brant, which he called The Shyp of Folys of the Worlde (first printed 1509).

      Barclay, possibly of Scottish birth, was by 1509 a chaplain at the College of St. Mary Ottery, Devon. He later became a Benedictine monk at Ely and still later a Franciscan friar of Canterbury. He presumably conformed to Protestantism, however, for after the Reformation he retained livings (benefices) in Essex and Somerset held since 1546. In 1552 he became rector of All Hallows, London.

      Barclay also wrote (probably while a monk at Ely) the first formal eclogues (eclogue) in English, filled with entertaining pictures of rural life.

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