French-born Scottish poet and satire writer. He is best remembered for his 1621 allegorical work Argenis.
He studied at the Jesuit College of Pont-a-Mousson, France and wrote his first literary work at age nineteen.
In 1606, he published the Latin poetry collection Sylvae.
He was born in Lorraine, France to a French mother. His father, William Barclay, was a well-known Scottish lawyer.
He and Edmund Waller were both United Kingdom poets active during the seventeenth century.