'Balfour6'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Balfour of Burleigh, Balfour of Fernie, Balfour of Glenawley

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Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich & Burleigh (b c1525, d 1583/4, President of the Court of Session)
m. (23.07.1557) Margaret Balfour (b 1538, d 1590, dau of Michael Balfour of Burleigh)
1. Sir Michael Balfour, 1st Lord Balfour of Burleigh (b 1569, d 15.03.1619)
  m1. (10.1577) Marion Adamson
  m2. (12.07.1591) Margaret Lundie (d 1625, dau of William Lundie of Lundie)
  A. Margaret Balfour, Baroness Balfour of Burleigh (d 06.1639)
m. (1606) Robert Arnot, younger of Newton, later Balfour, Lord of Burleigh (d 10.08.1663) @@ below
2. Sir James Balfour, 1st Lord Balfour of Glenawley or Clonawley, co. Fermanagh (d 18.10.1634)
  m1. Grissell Balfour (dau of Patrick Balfour of Pitcullo)
  A. James Balfour, 2nd Lord Balfour of Glenawley (dsp 26.02.1636)
  m. Anne Goldsmith (dau of Sir Francis Goldsmith of Gravesend)
  B. Margaret Balfour
  m. John Gordon of Ducherys
  C. Anne Balfour
  m1. Sir John Wemyss of Loghly
  m2. Archibald Hamilton of Ballygawley or Ballygally (dsp 10.05.1659)
  D.+ other issue - Alexander, Pierce (dsp), Elizabeth (d unm)
m2. Elizabeth Hay (dau of George Hay, Earl of Erroll, by Helen Bruce)
  m3. (before 1627) Anne Blayney (a 1628, dau of Edward, 1st Lord Blayney, by Anne Loftus)
3. Alexander Balfour of Balgarvie
4. Henry Balfour
m. Maria van Leeuven
5. William Balfour
  Denmylne identifies William as the 3rd son and reports that he "settled in Ireland, from whom are descended the family of Townley-Balfour of Townleyhall, in the county of Louth". This appears to be confusion with a William Balfour or his half-brother Charles Balfour whom we show elsewhere, BE1883 reports that this William married a Hamilton, "heiress of Glenawley, assumed her name, and one of their descendants was created Lord Glenawley". That appears to be further confusion with the just-mentioned William, half-brother of Charles. A full sister of that Charles was Susannah who married the Hamilton who became Lord Glenawly.
6. David Balfour
  m. (30.10.1607) Anne Bax (dau of Sir Paul Bax)
7. Marie Balfour
  m. Walter Arnot of that ilk
8. Agnes Balfour
  m. Sir John Henderson, 4th of Fordell (d 01.1618)
9. Helen Balfour
  m. David Barclay of Collairnie (d 1622)



Robert Arnot, younger of Newton, later Balfour, Lord of Burleigh (d 10.08.1663)
m. (1606) Margaret Balfour, Baroness Balfour of Burleigh (d 06.1639) @@ above
1. John Balfour, 3rd Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d by 1696 (1688?))
m. (1649) Isabel Balfour (dau of Sir William Balfour of Pitcullo)
  A. Robert Balfour, 4th Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d 1713)
  m. Margaret Melville (b 28.10.1658, dau of George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville)
  i. Robert Balfour, Master of Burleigh (dsp 09.1757)
  When quite young, Robert was sentenced to death for the murder of the husband of his childhood sweetheart. He escaped from prison. He later joined in the Jacobite rebellion for which he was attainted. Denmylne suggests that he had become the 5th Lord before then.
  ii. Margaret Balfour (d unm 12.03.1769)
  iii. Mary Balfour (d 07.11.1758)
  m. (06.04/08.1714) Alexander Bruce of Kennet (d 08.08.1747)
  A claim to the title 'Lord Balfour of Burleigh' passed to one of their descendants and proved successful when the attainder was removed by Act of Parliament in 1869.
  B. John Balfour of Fernie, Fife (d 1725, Lt. Colonel)
  The following is supported by BLG1886 ('Balfour of Fernie Castle') and 'Fife (P&H, vol 1, p206).
  m. Isabel Balfour (dau of Sir William Balfour of Pitcullo)
  i. Arthur Balfour of Fernie (d 1746)
a. John Balfour of Fernie (dsp 1795, 2nd son)
  b. Francis Balfour of Fernie (d 1818)
  m. _ Balfour of Dunboy
  (1) Francis Balfour of Fernie (d 1854)
  m. (1829) Margaret Bower (dau of Graham Bower)
  (A) Francis Walter Balfour of Fernie Castle (b 08.01.1831)
Francis was unsucessful with his claim for the title of Lord Balfour of Burleigh.
  m. (25.10.1866) Jane Amelia Kier (dau of Patrick Small Kier of Kindrogan)
  (B) Graham Montagu Balfour
  c.+ other issue - Sandford (dsp), Elizabeth, Barbara
  ii. Isabel Balfour (d 14.12.1763)
  m. (1709) Sir John Malcolm, 2nd Bart of Lochore (b 04.05.1681, d 12.08.1753)
  iii.+ other issue - John, son
  C. Henry Balfour of Dunbog (Major)
i. Henry Balfour of Dunbog
  m. Katherine Porterfield
  D. Margaret Balfour (d 20.10.1734)
  m. (11.1670) Andrew, 3rd Lord Rollo (d 04.03.1701)
  E. Isabel Balfour (d unm)
  F. Emilia Balfour (b c1658, d 12.01.1732)
  m. Sir John Malcolm of Lochore and Innertiel
  G. Jean Balfour
  m1. (1684) George Oliphant of Gask (dsp 1684)
m2. Sir Robert Douglas of Kirkness
  H. Susan Balfour
  m. Robert Douglas of Strathendry
  I. Anne Balfour (b 11.03.1671, dsp)
  m. Robert Sinclair
2. Jean or Anna Balfour (d 10.11.1649)
  m. (04.02.1627/8) David Wemyss, 2nd Earl of Wemyss (b 06.09.1610, d 07.1679)
3. Margaret Balfour (dsp)
  m. Sir John (James) Crawford of Kilbirnie
4. Isabel Balfour
  m. Sir Thomas Ruthven, 1st Lord of Freeland (d 06.05.1671)
5. Jean (?) Balfour
  m. James Arnot of Fernie (cousin)

Main source(s): TSP ('Balfour of Burleigh'), BP1934 ('Balfour of Burleigh'), 'Denmylne' (identified on Balfour1) with input/support from BE1883 ('Balfour of Glenawley') and as reported above
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