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The saga of the Balphorthey family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived in the barony of Balfour, in the parish of Markinch in Fife. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area. The name may also be derived from the Gaelic word baile which means a place and the Pictish word pawr which means pasture.

Early Origins of the Balphorthey family


The surname Balphorthey was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Early History of the Balphorthey family

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Early History of the Balphorthey family


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Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1350, 1699, 1907, 1660, 1698, 1767, 1600, 1658, 1650, 1658, 1525, 1583, 1547, 1630, 1694, 1619, 1639, 1688 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Balphorthey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Balphorthey Spelling Variations

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Balphorthey Spelling Variations


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Balphorthey has been written Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.

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Early Notables of the Balphorthey family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Balphorthey family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir William Balfour (died 1660), from Pitcullo, Fifeshire, Scotland, General of the parliamentary forces during the English Civil War; Robert Balfour, 4th of Balbirnie (1698-1767); Sir Michael Balfour of Burleigh; Sir James Balfour, 1st Baronet (1600-1658), Scottish annalist and antiquary, Lord Lyon King...
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Migration of the Balphorthey family to Ireland

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Migration of the Balphorthey family to Ireland


Some of the Balphorthey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Balphorthey family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Balphorthey family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Balphorthey: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.

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