Patrick Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross

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Patrick Balfour by Allan Warren
Baron Kinross monument, Dean Cemetery

John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross (1904–1976) was a Scottish historian and writer noted for his biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and other works on Islamic history.[1][2]

He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford.[3] He then became a journalist and writer.

Railway Club at Oxford, coincived by John Sutro, dominated by Harold Acton. Left to right, back: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Weymouth, David Plunket Greene, Harry Stavordale, Brian Howard. Middle row: Michael Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, Patrick Balfour, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, Johnny Drury-Lowe; front: porters.

At Oxford Balfour was part of the Railway Club, which included: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, David Plunket Greene, Edward Henry Charles James Fox-Strangways, 7th Earl of Ilchester, Brian Howard, Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, Patrick Balfour, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, John Drury-Lowe.[4]

During the Second World War he served with the Royal Air Force and from 1944-47 was First Secretary at the British Embassy at Cairo.[5]

In 1938, he married Angela Mary Culme-Seymour (1912-2012), daughter of George Culme-Seymour and Janet (née Orr-Ewing) and former wife of the artist John Spencer-Churchill. Having been separated by World War II when Balfour was posted to Cairo, she started a five-year relationship with Major Robert Hewer-Hewitt by whom she had two sons, Mark and Johnny. Patrick and Angela were divorced in 1942.[6]

Despite the brief marriage, Lord Kinross was homosexual; he had no issue and was succeeded by his brother David Andrew Balfour, 4th Baron Kinross.[7]

He is buried in "Lords Row" in Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh with all previous ancestors of the title Baron Kinross.

Books[edit]

  • The Ruthless Innocent (1949) Supposedly based on the character of Angela Culme-Seymour
  • The Orphaned Realm: Journeys in Cyprus (1951)
  • Within the Taurus: A Journey in Asiatic Turkey (1954)
  • Portrait of Greece with photographs in colour by Dimitri, Max Parrish: London (1956)
  • Europa Minor: Journeys in Coastal Turkey (1956)
  • The innocents at home (1959)
  • Atatürk: The Rebirth of a Nation (London. 1964)
  • Atatürk: A Biography of Mustafa Kemal, Father of Modern Turkey (New York. 1965)
  • Portrait of Egypt (1966)
  • Windsor Years: The Life of Edward, as Prince of Wales, King, and Duke of Windsor (1967)
  • Between Two Seas: The Creation of the Suez Canal (1968)
  • Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire (1977) ISBN 0-688-08093-6
  • Hagia Sophia :A History of Constantinople ISBN 9780882250151 (1979) Newsweek Book Division

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ancestors of Gavin R.J. Dallmeyer: Patrick Balfour". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. 25 June 1904. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Cracroft's Peerage". Cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Winchester College Register 1915-1960 pp 77-78.
  4. ^ Lancaster, Marie-Jaqueline (2005). Brian Howard: Portrait of a Failure. Timewell Press. p. 122. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ Winchester College Record
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph: Angela Culme-Seymour. 3 February 2012.
  7. ^ On Balfour's homosexuality see Candida Lycett Green, ed. and introduction, John Betjeman: Letters [2 vols, London: Methuen, 1994, reprinted 2006], i, 44).

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