Barclay, Alexander, born in Scotland (?) about 1476, seems to have spent his youth in travelling, and on his return entered the Benedictine monastery at Ely, afterwards joining the Franciscans at Canterbury. On the dissolution of the religious houses he held a living in Somersetshire and later in Essex. He translated into English the Navis Stultifera, or Ship of Fools, making many original additions. His work was published by Pynson in 1509. He also wrote some Eclogues, in which he took Virgil and Petrarch for his models. He died in 1552.