The annals of Scottish history reveal that Balphoure was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Balphoure family lived in the barony of Balfour, in the parish of Markinch in Fife
. The name is a topographic
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 Balphoure family
The surname Balphoure was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balphoure family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balphoure research.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 Balphoure History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balphoure Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Balphoure include Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
Early Notables of the Balphoure family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir William Balfour (died 1660), from Pitcullo, Fifeshire
, 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... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balphoure Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balphoure family to Ireland
Some of the Balphoure family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balphoure family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Balphoure: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.