Alex Ingram (Isobel Balfour’s brother) was ‘railway mad’. This film records a 1940s train ride from Edinburgh to Newtonmore Read More
Frank Balfour was the honorary Edinburgh Secretary in the 1930s for a medical mission in Raxaul, North India, on the border of Nepal. Nepal would not allow Christian missionaries into the country, so some medically-qualified Edinburgh people set up a hospital near the border, and many Nepalese came across for treatment. Read More
The exclamation ‘Eureka!’ (‘I have found it!’) is attributed to the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes, after he discovered how the volume of irregular objects could be measured with precision. He had stepped into a bathtub and noted that the rise in the the water level (which could be measured) equalled the volume of the parts of his body he had submerged. A ‘Eureka moment’ now describes finding the answer to a puzzling question. Read More
The following film shows Ian Balfour’s trip to Neustadt, North Germany for the Third European Folk Festival in 1954.
The Edinburgh University Country Dance Society, who did not have their own pipers, invited along Ian and Sandy Cram – who were members of the University Territorial Army Pipe Band. Music by bensound.com.
40 church buildings in and around Edinburgh
Ian was involved when the Chapels Society (www.chapelssociety.org.uk) visited Edinburgh in May 2015.
The members were primarily interested in the ‘architecture and historical importance’ of church buildings, and arranged two walking tours and one self-guided tour. The notes they provided, edited here by Ian, give an excellent overview of the profusion and variety of church buildings in the area.
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Over the years the Balfour family captured some fascinating footage on a cine film camera. Here you can see footage from 1947 all the way through to 1958, covering family holidays, Ian and Joyce’s wedding, a train journey to Newtonmore and a trip to Nepal and North India. You can even see the Edinburgh trams, circa 1952.
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For the Baptist Union of Scotland 1976 Presidential Address, Ian Balfour expressed his own concern about four lawyers found in the New Testament, whose attitudes have had influence in our Churches. He goes further, warning the reader against taking their advice.
The Peril of Taking a Lawyer’s Advice
As he read various scholarly works for the Ph.D. thesis, if Ian had time and inclination he dictated, in English, some of the German and French works to his secretary in the office, who typed them on interleaved pages and often improved the English as she did so. Here are the resulting translated documents.
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See also Volume Two.