Balfour was the son of William Balfour of Elwick, Orkney. He became an advocate in 1831 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 16 March 1834.
A 24-page booklet - "Thomas Balfour M.P. for Orkney and Shetland, 1835-1837" - was published in 1978 by Kirkwall Grammar School.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Thomas Balfour
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|Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland
1835 – 1837
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