History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Hibernian Society
John Barclay was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland about 1750, and came to America shortly before 1779. He was a shipping merchant and President of the Bank of Pennsylvania; one of the fifteen aldermen chosen under the new city charter in April, 1790, and served as Mayor of the city in 1791. In 1794 he was selected as treasurer of the funds raised "for the relief of families of persons who have marched against the western insurgents." He was a member of the State Senate, 1810-1814. Mr. Barclay was a member of the First City Troop and of the Hibernia Fire Company. He was married twice. His second wife was Mary Searle, to whom he was married in Christ Church on December 11, 1781. They had five children. John Barclay was a member of the Hibernian Society (elected 1790). The Senator died on August 8, 1816.