Lord Balfour of Burleigh

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Burleigh Castle, the former seat of the Balfour family.

Lord Balfour of Burleigh, in the County of Kinross, is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1607 for Sir Michael Balfour. He was succeeded by his daughter Margaret. She married Robert Arnot, who assumed the surname of Balfour in lieu of Arnot, and sat as Lord Balfour of Burleigh in the Scottish Parliament in right of his wife. Their son, the third Lord, fought with the Covenanters at the Battle of Drumclog. His grandson, the fifth Lord, was attainted in 1715 for his role in the Jacobite rebellion of that year.

In 1869 the attainder was reversed by Act of Parliament in favour of Alexander Hugh Bruce. He was the great-great-grandson of Hon. Mary Balfour (d. 1758), sister of the fifth Lord, and her husband Brigadier-General Alexander Bruce. Lord Balfour of Burleigh was a Conservative politician and sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1876 to 1921 and served Secretary of State for Scotland between 1895 and 1903. His second son, the seventh Lord, was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1922 to 1963. As of 2017 the title is held by the latter's son, the eighth Lord, who succeeded on his father's death in 1967.

Another member of the Balfour family was James Balfour, 1st Baron Balfour of Glenawley (in the Peerage of Ireland). He was the younger brother of the first Lord Balfour of Burleigh.

The family seat now is Brucefield House, near Clackmannan. The original family seat was Burleigh Castle, near Kinross, which is now in ruins.

Lords Balfour of Burleigh (1607)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's daughter the Hon. Victoria Bruce-Winkler, Mistress of Burleigh (b. 1973).
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is her daughter Laetitia Bruce-Winkler (b. 2007).

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