Given names: 
Given address: 
Arthur Street Dunedin
Sheet No: 38
Central Dunedin

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Margaret Stirling was born on 24 May 1849 in Renfrewshire, Scotland – the daughter of James Stirling, an engineer, and Margaret Goodwin.

Margaret arrived in New Zealand about 1863 and, in 1865, she married James Barclay. They had ten children.Her daughters, Lilas Mary Barclay and Elizabeth Ellen Barclay, also signed the petition.  

They lived in many locations through Otago and ran the 'Prince of Wales Hotel' Waipori;  'Railway Hotel', Lawrence; 'Panama Hotel' Stuart St, Dunedin; 'Salutation Hotel' Arthur St, Dunedin; and 'North East Valley Shades Hotel', Main Rd, North East Valley.

Their son James also ran the 'Caledonion Hotel' in Dunedin where James snr. worked as a barman in later life.

Margaret is named as a licencee of the Panama Hotel in a court case in 1892.

James died in 1923 and Margaret died at her daughter’s residence on 31 May 1930. They are buried together in the Northern Cemetery.


Otago Nominal Index

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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'Mrs Barclay', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 29-Jun-2018

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