John Barbour

John Barbour was born in Preston. He joined Preston North End in 1914. An inside-right he scored against Clapton Orient and Blackpool. Barbour also helped provide chances for leading scorer, Freddie Osborn. He only played in 12 Second Division games before the outbreak of the First World War.

Barbour joined the British Army and served with the Royal Engineers on the Western Front until his death on 6th April, 1916.

John Barbour - History

About John

John Barbour changed the face of American television as the creator, producer, principal writer, and co-host of Real People, television’s first reality show. He is a five-time Emmy award winner, a storied actor and performer, a joke and script writer, and entertainment professional across genres.

The American Media & the 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Tracing the history of mainstream media corruption how, where, and when it began. Revolving around the investigation by New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the film exposes how some in the media aided the killers before Dallas and how all protected them after Dallas. Directed, produced and narrated by John Barbour the godfather of reality TV, actor, comedian, television host, producer, director, writer and the only performer in television to win Emmys for both entertainment and news shows!

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John's Autobiography

The bumpy life and times of the Canadian dropout who changed the face of American TV!

In his highly entertaining deeply informative autobiography you will indeed discover..what a storyteller. And what amazing stories!

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John’s new book, “The Wittiest Man in America (…is a Canadian)”

“John Barbour’s long and interesting life should be made into a movie. It’s ‘Horatio Alger Goes to Hollywood’, filled with interesting characters both famous and infamous. His observations rarely fail to elicit laughs and/or outrage.”

John Barbour - History

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From the very beginning, Barbour’s has been family-owned and operated, and proudly Canadian.

Barbours was founded in Saint John, New Brunswick, by George L. and William Barbour.

The Great Fire of Saint John. Barbours burned down and had to be rebuilt.

G. E. Barbour purchased the business from his father George Barbour.

A New York tea merchant sent samples of tea to his customers in small silk pouches. They mistakenly assume the bags are to replace their metal infusers. Unintentionally, the tea bag was born!

King Cole Tea was introduced.

The Brenan family acquired the Barbours company.

Barbours moved from Saint John to Sussex, New Brunswick.

Barbours floated their General Store down the St. John River for the Canadian Centennial.

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It’s so picturesque that if you close your eyes, you can easily imagine it&mdashor, at least a place quite like it. Galloway, in southern Scotland, is known for its rolling hills and rugged landscape. Long stretches of pasture blanket the countryside. But the region’s defining characteristic is that it’s exceedingly wet. Galloway received an annual rainfall of roughly 55 inches last year (for perspective, that’s just two inches shy of the average in Hawaii, the rainiest state in America). And after living in these conditions, John Barbour learned a thing or two about long-lasting rain gear.

So when Barbour moved to to the bustling port of South Shields, nestled on the River Tyne in northeastern England, he already had an idea or two about how to properly outfit the mariners, fisherman, and other workers in the area. And it wasn&rsquot long after starting to offer his signature clothing in 1894 that Barbour started to make a name for itself.

A jacket from Barbour’s collection honoring Steve McQueen the actor in a still from the 1963 movie ‘The Great Escape.’ Macy's, Mirisch/United Artists/Kobal/Shutterstock

John Barbour’s chief innovation was a refined answer to the oilskin outerwear worn in the region. Historically, they were crafted from leftover scraps of sails that had been treated with fish oil to make them water-resistant. The trouble with them was that they could smell incredibly bad, so Barbour treated cotton fabric with flax oil. His long silhouettes were sold under the J Barbour & Sons moniker and quickly became a local hit. It went international in 1908, when John’s son Malcolm decided to broaden the scope with a mail-order catalog. Soon, the brand started shipping its wares to places such as far away as Chile and Hong Kong.

In 1936 when Malcolm&rsquos son, Duncan, introduced a line of motorcycle products to sit alongside the existing line of jackets and coats. This included a one-piece suit specifically developed to handle the 1936 International Six Day Trials riding event. Known for its grueling conditions, the race requires that riders wear something that can protect them from the elements, and Barbour’s suit became the market leader for motorcycling clothing after several riders adopted it. The moto range blossomed when Steve McQueen wore one of the brand’s suits in the 1964 Six Days Trial.

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana wearing Barbour jackets. Photo: David Hartley/Shutterstock Tom Kidd/Shutterstock

But what cemented Barbour’s status as an indispensable style icon involved a certain famous family. In 1974, Barbour received its first Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. A second Royal Warrant would come eight years later in 1982&mdashthis time from the Queen herself. And while a co-sign from a legendary icon like Steven McQueen is certainly great for business, two Royal Warrants in less than a decade put the brand in an entirely new stratosphere.

A year after the second Royal Warrant, Barbour would introduce its most beloved silhouette: the Beaufort jacket. Designed by the then head of the brand (and its leader to this day) Dame Margaret Barbour, the Beaufort quickly became a shorthand for wax jackets writ large. It’s easy to spot on cold, rainy days, instantly recognizable for its studded corduroy collar.

A cover from one of Barbour’s original catalogs next to the brand’s iconic Beaufort jacket. Barbour

&ldquoPrimarily designed as a shooting jacket, the style was inspired by her [Dame Margaret&rsquos] visits to France, where shooting jackets tended to have more features and style than was usually the case in the UK,&rdquo says Helen Barbour, the brand&rsquos vice chairman, in an email. &ldquoThe most popular shooting jackets of the era were of shorter length, and in France, had to have the type of full width rear game pocket (called a ‘carnier’ in French.) She chose the name Beaufort to highlight the continental character of the piece.&rdquo

After the late Princess Diana was seen in the Beaufort, sales of the jacket skyrocketed, as women&mdashespecially those in the United Kingdom&mdashwanted to look just like the legendary fashion icon. Another Royal Warrant, this time from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, would follow in 1987.

Dame Margaret Barbour Barbour

&ldquoAbove all, it is a great honor that our workmanship and enduring quality are recognized by one of the highest authorities in the land,&rdquo says Helen. &ldquoIt also drives us to never let our standards slip.&rdquo

That the brand’s products have enjoyed such great longevity is down to their timeless style and function. Jack Carlson, the founder of Rowing Blazers, a New York-based brand that’s challenging what we think about preppy style, found his Beaufort jacket especially helpful when he was still a student.

“As an adult, I lived in Oxford, England, and I coached college rowing while I did my Ph.D.,” Carlson says. “Walking through the mists of Christ Church Meadow and crossing the bridge to Boathouse Island, cycling along the towpath and coaching from a megaphone, or driving the motorboat behind the crews, I was always wearing my Beaufort jacket. The brand has just always been a part of my life.&rdquo

It seems that any time Barbour&rsquos popularity might be on the decline, a new generation finds it and falls in love with the craftsmanship of it. A particularly mud-soaked Glastonbury music festival in 2007 led the likes of Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys to don the beloved wax jackets during their performances&mdashand helped Barbour reach a younger demographic. Carlson believes in the brand&rsquos ability to malleable too. Rowing Blazer’s recent collaboration with the brand generated a split colorway that references both of the beloved colors (navy and hunter green) Barbour is known for. “[It’s] about having fun with the classics, showing that they are, or can be, anything but stuffy.&rdquo

A jacket from Rowing Blazers’s recent collaboration with Barbour. Rowing Blazers

From a pure menswear perspective, the brand would once again be put front and center by another British icon: James Bond. In 2012&rsquos Skyfall, Daniel Craig&rsquos Bond ventures to his childhood home before the final confrontation with the film&rsquos villain. There, Bond reaches back to his countryside roots, reaching for a Barbour shooting coat as he takes on intruders in and around his home, Home Alone-style. Skyfall costume designer Jany Temime told GQ last fall that her goal was to create a Bond that &ldquoyou could really imitate.&rdquo She was successful in her goal: a quick Google search yields everything you need to know to purchase the exact jacket Craig wears in the film.

&ldquoWe have always stayed true to our heritage and my great-great-grandfather&rsquos founding principles of attention to detail, durability and fitness for purpose,&rdquo says Helen Barbour when asked about the brand’s longevity and success. It’s something seen easily in Barbour’s latest collection, Icons Re-engineered, which features updates on some of its best-known clothing. &ldquoProviding high-quality clothing that is functional, authentic, practical, yet remains relevant to our customers today.&rdquo

A heritage brand will always evoke a certain feeling of a time and place. But 125 years after it was founded, Barbour continues to inspire new generations by making products that stay true to its 19th-century roots. It&rsquos clear that for many, Barbour is one of fashion&rsquos best legacies&mdasha truly generational product that has, and will continue, to stand the test of time.


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John Barbour - History

John Barbour

A Canadian high school dropout at 15, and deported at 17, John Barbour is recognized as ‘The Godfather Of Reality TV’ as the creator-Producer,Co-Host, and Writer of the trend setting hit ‘Real People.’ He won the first of his 5 Emmys as the original Host of ‘AM LA’ in 1970 where he interviewed controversial anti-war guests like Mohammed Ali, Cesar Chavez and Jane Fonda. He was the first in America to do film reviews on the News, winning 3 more consecutive Emmys as KNBC’s ‘Critic-At-Large.’ And ten years as Los Angeles Magazine’s most widely read and quoted controversial critic. Prior to that he was a successful topical stand-up comedian, appearing on ‘The Dean Martin Show,’ ‘The Tonight Show,’ and others and in Las Vegas opening for Robert Goulet and Bobby Darin. Comedian-activist Dick Gregory did the liner notes for his first album, ‘It’s Tough To Be white,’ and Play-write Neil Simon did them for his second album, ‘I Met A Man I Didn’t Like!’

In 1992 he wrote and Directed the award-winning ‘The Garrison Tapes,’ which Director Oliver Stone heralded as ‘The perfect companion piece to my movie ‘JFK.’ 25 years later, in 2017 he wrote and Directed Part 2 called: ‘The American Media and The 2nd assassination Of President John F. Kennedy,’ which leading researchers applaud as ‘The definitive film on JFK and the rise of Fake News’..which plagues America to this day. John said, ‘I am not a conspiracy theorist. Just a storyteller.

John Barbour changed the face of American television as the creator, producer, principal writer, and co-host of Real People, television’s first reality show. He is a five-time Emmy award winner, a storied actor and performer, a joke and script writer, and entertainment professional across genres.

John's autobiography

The bumpy life and times of the Canadian dropout who changed the face of American TV!

In his highly entertaining deeply informative autobiography you will indeed discover..what a storyteller. And what amazing stories!

Search for JFK assassination truth ruined the lives of a prosecutor and a TV star

MYSTERY WIRE —For years people thought sealed federal documents related to the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 would give them answers as to what really happened 57 years ago. But when the government released some of those documents in the spring of 2018 there was no smoking gun.

The National Archives released its last batch of more than 19,000 records on Thursday. But an undisclosed amount of material remains under wraps because Trump said the potential harm to U.S. national security, law enforcement or foreign affairs is “of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”
He ordered the CIA and other agencies to take yet another look at each blacked-out section of their documents during the next three years to see what more can be released.

The Associated Press April 26, 2018

For one man, the anniversaries bring back memories about the only criminal case ever brought to trial in connection with the JFK assassination.

If you were watching television in the 1970’s, you saw John Barbour. He was not only a friend and writer for the likes of Frank Sinatra but produced and co-hosted the most popular tv show in America, Real People.

The one story that still haunts Barbour decades later is former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s probe of the JFK murder.

Portrait of Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney who conducted his own investigation of the Kennedy assassination.

Barbour twice tried to get Jim Garrison’s story told to a wide audience. Both times he was thwarted.

He ended producing his own documentary based on the most intensive interview Garrison ever gave. Garrison came to focus on the assassination simply because so many of the key figures had operated in Las Vegas, his hometown, prior to the dark events of November 22nd.

Barbour studied the Warren Commission report which put the sole blame on Lee Harvey Oswald. “He realized that, to believe the Warren Report, you couldn’t read it, so he reopened the investigation into the assassination,” Barbour said during a 2009 interview.

Garrison focused on a CIA connected New Orleans businessman named Clay Shaw. His prosecution of Shaw was portrayed in Oliver Stone’s controversial movie, JFK.

John Barbour the Director of the JFK Assassination, the Jim Garrison Tapes. July 3, 1992. (Photo by Palani Mohan/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).

Shaw was not convicted, in large part because of overt interference from the CIA, including a smear campaign against Garrison and the infiltration of his office by government agents. “If he had nothing, they would have just stepped aside and let him fall on his face,” Barbour said. “Instead, they spent two years throwing roadblocks in the way.”

Among the most compelling arguments developed by Garrison was the absurdity of the so-called magic bullet theory. More importantly, Garrison used the FBI’s own files to prove that Oswald wasn’t the shooter.

Barbour says the mafia was involved, but only at the direction of those in the government who wanted Kennedy dead. “If the federal government thought that the Mafia had killed Kennedy, there wouldn’t be a pizza parlor in America.”

He believes the plot has its roots in Las Vegas. It began when the CIA asked the late Robert Maheu to recruit mobsters to kill Fidel Castro.

Later, some of those same gangsters were tasked with the Dallas operation. Garrison said there is ample proof of more than one shooter that day, a conclusion also reached by the House Select Committee.

  • (Original Caption) Texas Governor John Connally adjusts his tie (foreground) as President and Mrs. Kennedy, in a pink outfit, settled in rear seats, prepared for motorcade into city from airport, Nov. 22. After a few speaking stops, the President was assassinated in the same car.
  • President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy smile at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Minutes later the President was assassinated as his car passed through Dealey Plaza.
  • Prior to the assassination, President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride through the streets of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Included as an exhibit for the Warren Commission. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 22: November 22, 1963. Just after John F. KENNEDY, president of the United States, has been hit by bullets, Jacqueline KENNEDY stands up in the presidential car to lift up the body of her husband. In the foreground, the body guard riding on the back fender leans toward them. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • Photographers running shortly after assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
  • 23rd November 1963: Mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 – 1963), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, taken by the Dallas Police department, Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • (Original Caption) New York, New York: Headlines announcing Kennedy’s assassination from three New York newspapers, the Times, the Daily News, and the Herald Tribune. November 23, 1963.
  • (Original Caption) Twenty-four-year-old ex-marine Lee Harvey Oswald is shown after his arrest here on November 22. He received a cut on his forehead and blackened left eye in scuffle with officers who arrested him. Oswald, an avowed Marxist, has been charged with the murder of President John F. Kennedy, who was killed by a sniper’ bullet as he rode in motorcade through Dallas.
  • A Dallas policeman holds up the rifle used to kill President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald has been charged with the murder. | Location: Police Headquarters, Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald holds a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle and newspapers in a backyard. This photograph is one of the controversial backyard photos used in the assassination of John F. Kennedy investigation in 1963. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Rifle Allegedly Used in Kennedy Assassination (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Cliff Michelmore pointing to the path of gun shots which killed President John F Kennedy, on a model reconstruction of the Dealey Plaza, Dallas, in the USA. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
  • Passport, rifle, bullets and other items belonging to assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being displayed by the National Archives during 25th anniversary of Pres. John F. Kennedy’s assassination. (Photo by Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
  • 379570 24: Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office as President of the United States, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

Of all his TV memories, Barbour treasures his time with Jim Garrison. “It was the most compelling, disturbing, thrilling, heartbreaking 3 and a half hours I have ever spent.”

John Barbour’s film, The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes, was shown at a couple of film festivals and can still be watched online.

In April 2019 John Barbour published an autobiography, Your Mother’s Not a Virgin!: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout who changed the Face of American TV!, telling stories of his life and his time in Hollywood.

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John Barbour

Scottish ecclesiastic and author of "The Bruce", a historical poem in the early Scottish or Northern English dialect, b. about 1320 d. 1395. He was already Archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1357, an honour not likely to have been attained much before his fortieth year. At various times, 1357, 1364, 1365, 1368, he obtained, originally at the request of King David of Scotland, passports from the King of England for travel to Oxford or to France, presumably for the purpose of special study or research, or for the renewal of old college associations. In 1357 he was appointed by the Bishop of Aberdeen one of the commissioners to meet at Edinburgh and confer abut the ransom from England of David II, captured at Neville's Cross, 1346. In 1373, and occasionally in later years, he was one of the auditors of the exchequer. In 1378, as a reward for his patriotic poem, he was assigned, from the royal rents payable by the city, a perpetual pension of twenty shillings, and in 1388, an additional royal pension for life of £10 Scots from the customs of Aberdeen. He received also from the king £10 in 1377, and £5 in 1386. Innes has pointed out that in addition to these pensions and gifts, and perquisites incidental to the wardship of a minor, Barbour enjoyed the revenue of a prebend and a considerable income as archdeacon. His pension of twenty shillings he left as a foundation for Masses for himself and his parents, to be said by all the priests at the cathedral on the Wednesday after Low Sunday. As Jamieson shows, the pension was not bequeathed to a hospital, but probably reverted to the Crown at the Reformation. The copy of the document assigning his pension to the dean and chapter of Aberdeen may be found in Skeat, along with the forty-eight other documents which establish the facts of Barbour's life.

The Barbour Baronetcy

John D Barbour (Image: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

He espoused, in 1864, Elizabeth Law, eldest daughter of John Milne, of Trinity Grove, Edinburgh, and had issue,

THE RT HON JOHN MILNE BARBOUR JP DL MP (1868-1951), of Hilden , County Antrim , who wedded, in 1899, Eliza Barbour, of Paterson, New Jersey, USA.

Mr Barbour was created a baronet in 1943, designated of Hilden, County Antrim.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor (NI) in 1925.

Lady Barbour was born in 1873 and died at Conway House, Dunmurry , in 1910.

In her short life she had three daughters and one son, John, who went missing when flying home over the Irish Sea one weekend just before the 2nd World War in 1937.

John Barbour: A posthumous portrait painted after his death in 1937
(Image: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum)

John (1906-37) worked at the Barbour factory in Glasgow and flew home most weekends.

Sir Milne's sister, Helen, married Thomas Andrews, the designer of RMS Titanic, who was drowned when the ship hit an iceberg and sank in 1912.

She later married Henry Harland of Harland & Wolff.

As an MP at Stormont , Sir Milne held various Ministries including Commerce (1925-41) and Finance (1941-43).

As well as being Chairman of the largest linen thread company in the world, whose head office was at Lisburn , the company had factories in Glasgow, Paisley and other places.

He was also Chairman of various other businesses including Insurance Companies, and was President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

Sir Milne was a keen freemason, being appointed Grand King of the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland in 1933.

It became a hotel after Sir Milne Barbour's death in 1951, and has since been demolished.

The Barbours were connected to many local families, including the Harlands and Pirries of Harland and Wolff the Duffins of Danesfort the Andrews' of Comber the McCances of Woodburn the Gordons of Lisburn and the Carsons of Cherryvalley, whose daughter Kerry married Dr Ian Adamson, a former Lord Mayor of Belfast.

The paving, in Irish marble, of the central aisle in the nave of Belfast Cathedral was laid in memory of Elise, Lady Barbour, by her husband, Sir Milne, and their children.

First published in May, 2010.

John Barbour - History

Father of Scots Literature.

His epic poem The Brus is one of a number of poems and romances produced by Barbour, some of which are now lost. His works were amongst the first to be published in Scots, and so he is known as the Father of Scots Literature. Today, those who wish to emphasise the distinctiveness of Scottish cultural identity look to Barbour as the Father of Scots Literature because of his lyrical and passionate nationalism.

"A! fredome is a noble thing!

Fredome mayss man to haiff liking

Fredome all solace to man giffis:

He lyves at ess that frele lyvs! (xii : 203- 206)."

The poem is one of the chief sources of information about the life and times of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots and the period of war with England in the time of Edward II. The text implies considerable use of eyewitness accounts of events.

Memorial to Barbour in St Machar's Cathedral

This work, consisting of four engraved wood panels, was commissioned by the Cathedral's Kirk Session and Aberdeen University's Scots Leid Quorum, was created by wood carver, Roland Fraser. It commemorates the achievements of John Barbour.

A contribution of £1650 was made by Aberdeen City Council from its Common Good Fund, which was set up by Bruce.

Father of Scots Literature

Father of Scots Literature, author of The Brus a Chronicle of the Wars of Independence and the life of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots.

It is known that by 1357 John Barbour was Archdeacon of Aberdeen (in the Middle Ages the diocesan equivalent of a government Chief Whip, in effect the eyes and ears of the Bishop). Barbour studied at Oxford and in France. His literary style was similar to, though it predated that of, Geoffrey Chaucer. The style was probably inspired by the great romance tales of chivalry from Norman France. His literary accomplishments were recognised in his own lifetime and he was in his latter years in receipt of a crown pension. He is buried in the south aisle of the Cathedral, sometimes known as the Barbour Aisle.

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