Clan Balfour Places & People

Clan Balfour People

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930)

Artie Balfour

Arthur Balfour was a British Conservative statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905. As Foreign Secretary in the Lloyd George ministry, he issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917 on behalf of the cabinet. James Arthur Balfour was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 until 1905.

Sir James Balfour (1600-1657) - Historian and Lord Lyon King-of-Arms

James Balfour

Sir James, 1st Baronet of Denmilne and Kinnaird, was the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmilne, Fife, and Joanna Durham.

Balfour was well acquainted with Sir William Segar and with William Dugdale, to whose Monasticon he contributed. He was knighted by King Charles I in 1630, was made Lord Lyon King of Arms in the same year, and in 1633 baronet of Kinnaird. He was arbitrarily removed from his office of Lord Lyon by Oliver Cromwell and died in 1657.

Some of his numerous works are preserved in the Advocates’ Library at Edinburgh, together with his correspondence, from which rich collection James Haig published Balfour’s Annales of Scotland in four volumes (1824–1825). James Maidment also extracted papers from the collection in order to publish them.

Clan Balfour Places

Denmyle Castle

Denmylne Castle, near Newburgh in Fife, is a tower house that was built in the late 1500s. The lands the castle was built on belonged to the Balfours between 1452 until 1710. James Balfour of Denmylne died at the siege of Roxburgh in 1460. His son, John Balfour, died in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden. Much of the castle still remains, however it is in a ruinous state.