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Heath Barkley was the illegitimate child of Tom Barkley and a woman named Leah. After Leah's death, he left the town of Strawberry, California, to find his father in Stockton. Unfortunately, his father had also died. He was nevertheless tentatively accepted by his father's widow, Victoria.
His relationship with his half-siblings and their staff of ranch hands and domestic servants was more contentious. Over time he established a good relationship with all of them, but grew perhaps closest to Nick—the brother that had initially resisted him the most fiercely.
The staff distrusted him outright, until his judgment and heroism on a major cattle drive saved the entire Barkley herd.
Temperamentally, Heath is a mixture of all his siblings, combining the sensitivity of Audry, with the occasional anger of Nick, and the intuitive rationalism of Jarrod.
First Appearance: The Big Valley (1966) #1
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The Big Valley (1966)
- 'Fight for the Water Holes'#2#3#4#5#6
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