'Balfour2'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Balfour of Balbuthie, Balfour of Grange, Balfour of Munquhanny, Balfour of Pharay, Balfour of Trenabie, Balfour of Westray

George de Balfour of Munquhanny & Strathor (d c1467)
m. Christian Lyndsay ("probably of the family of Byres")
1. Sir John Balfour, Sheriff of Fife (dvp 1460)
  A. Sir Michael Balfour of Munquhanny & Strathor the first mentioned by BLG1952
There is some confusion as to whether it was this Michael or his son who died at Flodden. Denmylne suggests that it was this Michael. BLG1858 & BLG1952 suggest that it was his son.
  m. Janet Ogilvy (dau of Sir Andrew Ogilvy of Inchmartin)
  i. Michael Balfour, 1st of Munquhanny (d Flodden 09.09.1513?)
  Michael is sometimes shown as '1st of Munquhanny' even though the lands had been in his family for several generations before him. This is because he erected his lands into a barony.
m. Marjory Durie (dau of George (not Andrew) Durie (or Drury) of that ilk)
  a. Andrew Balfour, 2nd of Munquhanny (b c1512, d c1583-4)
  m. Janet Bruce (dau of Sir Alexander Bruce, 1st of Earlshall)
  (1) Michael Balfour (dvp 1570 or c1560, Commendator of Melrose)
m.(c01.1540) Janet Boswell (dau of David Boswell, 4th of Balmuto)
  (A) Sir Michael Balfour, 3rd of Munquhanny and Westray & Noltland Castle (Orkney) (d 1603)
  m. Mariota Adamson (dau of Patrick Adamson, Archbishop of St Andrews)
  (i) Sir Andrew Balfour of Strathor, 4th of Munquhanny
  m. (1589) Mary or Margaret Melville (dau of Sir James Melville of Halhill)
BLG1850, BLG1858 & BLG1952 show that Andrew dsp. However, Denmylne suggests that Mary and he had the following children.
  (a) Michael Balfour of Montquhannie & Newgrange
  m. (mcrt 1623) Jean Melville (dau of John Melville of Rait)
  ((1)) Andrew Balfour of Grange (d before 04.1688)
  m. (09.01.1653) Christian Balfour (dau of David Balfour of Middle Sandford)
  ((A)) David Balfour of Grange (bpt 25.01.1654, d 16.04.1729)
  m. Elizabeth Balfour (dau of Sir David Balfour of Forret)
  ((i)) Ann Balfour (a 1723)
  m1. (17.10.1703) James Balfour of Raddernie
  m2. John Halkerston of Cupar (surgeon, son of William of Rathillet)
((ii)) Katherine Balfour
  m. (12.08.1718) Peter Cambie of Cupar
  ((iii))+ other issue (d young) - Elizabeth (bpt 01.03.1690, d infant?), Elizabeth (bpt 25.10.1692), Barbara (bpt 27.06.1695)
  ((B))+ other issue - William (bpt 10.06.1666), Andrew (bpt 29.11.1668), John (bpt 02.07.1671), Peter (bpt 13.07.1673), Christian (bpt 27.05.1655), Grisel (bpt 23.01.1659)
  (b) Robert Balfour (youngest son)
m. (after 1654) Grissell Learmonth (dau of Sir James Learmonth of Balcomie, widow of Alexander Bonard of Balgirsho)
  (c) Margaret Balfour
  m. John Schaw
  (d)+ other issue - Andrew, John, Christian, Isobel, Elizabeth
  (ii) Michael Balfour of Garth
m. (1593/8) Margaret Sinclair (dau of Malcolm Sinclair of Quendal (archdean of Zetland))
  (a) Patrick Balfour of Pharay (d 1664) named by BLG1858 but not by BLG1952
  m. Barbara Moodie (dau of Francis Moodie or Mudy of Breckness & Melsetter)
  ((1)) George Balfour of Pharay (d 1706)
  m1. (1657) Marjorie Baikie (dau of James Baikie of Tankerness)
  ((A)) William Balfour of Pharay
  ((i)) Isabel Balfour
m. Archibald Stewart of Brough (Brugh)
  ((a)) James Stewart of Brugh, Garth & Pharay
  ((B))+ other issue - Patrick (dvp), "several daughters"
  m2. (1678) Mary Mackenzie (dau of Murdoch Mackenzie, Bishop of Orkney)
((C)) John Balfour, 1st of Trenabie (d 1747)
  m. Elizabeth Traill (dau of Thomas Traill of Skaill, son of Colonel Thomas of Holland)
  ((i)) William Balfour, 2nd of Trenabie (b 1719, d 1786)
  m. (09.02.1744) Elizabeth Coventry (dau of Thomas Coventry of Newark)
((a)) John Balfour, 3rd of Trenabie (b 1750, dsp 15.10.1842, MP)
  m. (1783) Henrietta Sullivan (sister of Sir Richard Sullivan, 1st Bart)
  ((b)) Thomas Balfour of Elwick (b 02.02.1752, d 1799, Colonel)
  m. (1776) Frances Ligonier (dau of Francis Ligonier)
  (((1))) John Edward Ligonier Balfour (b 11.01.1780, d unm Alkmaar 19.09.1799)
  (((2))) William Balfour of Enwick, 4th of Trenabie (b 08.12.1781, d 15.10.1894) had issue
  m1. (1806) Mary Manson (d 1820, dau of William Manson of Kirkwall, cousin)
  m2. (27.01.1823) Mary Margaret Baikie (d 03.02.1869, dau of Andrew Baikie of Kirkwall)
  (((3))) Mary Balfour (b 01.11.1778, d 19.12.1818)
  m. Alexander Brunton (d 09.02.1854, cleric, professor)
  ((c)) David Coventry Balfour (b 08.11.1754, d 25.05.1813)
  m. Marion McIntosh (dau of George McIntosh of Dunchattan)
  (((1))) David Balfour
  m. Mary Ogilvy
  (((2))) John Osborn Balfour (b 15.06.1815, d 1871)
  m1. Jane Fitzpatrick (d 1855, dau of Robert Fitzpatrick of Eden House)
m2. Jane Stanley
  (((3))) McIntosh Balfour
  m. Margaret Cragie Balfour (dau of William Balfour, 5th of Trenabie)
  ((d))+ 4 daughters
  ((ii))+ 4 sons + 1 daughter
  (b)+ other issue
  (iii) Isabella Balfour probably of this generation --
  m. (01.05.1586) Henry Pitcairn of that ilk and of Forthar, 15th of Pitcairn (d 1626) --
  (2) Sir Gilbert Balfour of Westray & Noltland Castle, Sheriff of Orkney (Master of the Queen's Household)
Denmylne (#12.II) reports that Gilbert had issue and "see the Balfours of Westray and Trenabie". Denmylne (#14) mentions that the above Sir Michael, 3rd Baron of Munquhanny, acquired Westray from Sir Gilbert's son Archibald. Denmylne ('The Balfours of Westray and Trenabie') mentions that Noltland Castle passed, after Archibald, to a grandson of Sir Gilbert.
  (A) Archibald Balfour of Westray (dsp)
  (B) ?? Balfour
  (i) ?? Balfour
  (3) Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich & Burleigh (b c1525, d 1583/4, President of the Court of Session)
  Some sources identify Sir James as son (rather than grandson) of Michael, 1st of Munquhanny, possibly because TSP, which focuses on his wife's parentage, does so, this possibly resulting from the above-mentioned confusion as to which generation of Michaels was killed at Flodden.
m. (23.07.1557) Margaret Balfour (b 1538, d 1590, dau of Michael Balfour of Burleigh)
  (4) David Balfour of Balbathy (Balbuthie) & New Grange (a 1567, d by 1572)
  The following comes from 'East Neuk of Fife' (Walter Wood, 1887, p170). It was added on 08.08.17.
  m. Elizabeth Wemyss of Wemyss
  (A) Michael Balfour
  (B) Gilbert Balfour of Balbuthie & Grange (d 1589)
  m. Grizel Spens (dau of James Spens of Wormiston)
  (i) David Balfour, last of Balbuthie & Grange (a 1612)
  m. Elizabeth or Bisset Balfour (dau of David Balfour of Balledmonth, sister of John)
  (5) Isobel Balfour possibly of this generation
  m. (c1540, div) Sir Patrick Learmonth of Dairsie (d by 1593, 'Provost for Life' of St. Andrews)
  (6)+ other issue - George (Commendator/Prior of Charterhouse), Robert (Provost of St. Mary's), John
  ii. Margaret Balfour possibly a generation later
  m. William Leslie, 3rd Earl of Rothes (d 09.09.1513 Flodden)
  iii. Katherine Balfour probably of this generation
  m. Patrick Murray of Dollery or Dollerie (d 1476)
2. James Balfour of Ballo (a 1467)

Main source(s): 'Denmylne' (identified on Balfour1) with input/support from BLG1886 ('Balfour of Balfour'), BLG1952 ('Balfour of Balfour') and notes taken from BLG1850 ('Balfour of Trenaby')
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