Captain Robert Barclay Allardice

(B.1779 - D.1854)
Walking
Inducted in 2002

Captain Barclay was one of the strongest men of his time, famous for his amazing walking feats. In 1801, the ‘Celebrated Pedestrian’ walked 90 miles in just over 20 hours for 5,000 guineas. In 1809, he went even further and walked one mile each hour for a thousand hours. His ‘training’ included a twice weekly 51 mile walk to Turriff, before covering a further 20 miles exercising his pack of hounds and then walking 51 miles back home. Captain Barclay was also a well-known boxing trainer. In 1807 and 1808 his pupil, Tom Cribb, was bare knuckle Champion of the World.

Captain Robert Barclay Allardice