The ancestors of the Bolfour family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They 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 Bolfour family
The surname Bolfour was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bolfour family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolfour 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 Bolfour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bolfour Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Bolfour include Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
Early Notables of the Bolfour 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 Bolfour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bolfour family to Ireland
Some of the Bolfour 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 Bolfour family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Bolfour: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.