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 more of the resulting translated documents. Read More
1959, and exciting news for the Balfours as baby Lesley is born at 10pm on the 5th March, weighing 8lbs 15.5oz. The family were inundated with letters and messages of support, some of which can be seen on the diary PDF. Read More
If a litigant is awarded ‘expenses’ against another litigant in a Court case (called ‘costs’ in England), the successful litigant’s solicitor makes up a Judicial Account of Expenses, itemizing the work done, and tries to agree it with the paying litigant’s solicitor. 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.