Alexander Barclay, an English poet, born in the latter part of the 15th century, whether in England or Scotland is uncertain, died at Croydon in June, 1552. He was educated at Oxford, travelled through Europe, acquiring a knowledge of several languages, became a Benedictine and afterward a Franciscan, and was a monk at Ely when that monastery was suppressed in 1539. He became vicar of Great Badow in Essex and of Wokey in Somersetshire, and finally rector of All Saints in Lombard street, London, complying probably with the new ecclesiastical order. His most noted work is "The Ship of Fools," based on Brant's Narrenschiff. It was printed by Pynson in 1509. His "Egloges" are noted as the earliest specimens of English pastoral poetry. He also wrote "The Castle of Labour," printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1506, and "The Myrrour of Good Manners," besides some lives of saints, a work on French pronunciation, and a translation of Sallust's "Jugurthine War." He possessed a culture and refinement unusual in his day, and did much to revive a taste for literature, which was then at a low ebb.