David & Frederick Barclay

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The Independent Online

We published an article in November about David and Frederick Barclays' ownership of the Channel Island of Brecqhou and their part in getting Sark's feudal laws of succession changed as being contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights.

We published an article in November about David and Frederick Barclays' ownership of the Channel Island of Brecqhou and their part in getting Sark's feudal laws of succession changed as being contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights.

The Barclays have told us that it has never been their intention unilaterally to declare Brecqhou independent. The article reported public criticism made about the Seigneur of Sark by the Barclays and the Seigneur's response. In doing so no endorsement of either parties' position was intended.

We understand that the words of an elderly Sark resident, quoted in the article, could have been taken to suggest that the Barclays present a greater threat to Sark than the German occupation during the war.

We are happy to make it clear that no such suggestion was intended, and we apologise for any distress caused to David and Frederick Barclay.

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