Ian Balfour was born in Edinburgh in 1932 and brought up there. His grandfather and his grandfather’s nephew had founded the legal firm of Balfour & Manson and Ian’s father, Francis, was a partner from 1922. Ian was apprenticed to the firm in 1952, qualified as a solicitor in 1955, became a partner in 1958 and married a Home Economics teacher that year.
The next forty years were spent happily in general legal practice; he retired as Senior Partner but remains a Consultant. He has written a history of the firm, now known as Balfour + Manson, and this may be downloaded below:
The first 125 years, As recalled by Ian Balfour
Although law was his main occupation, this website mainly lists the other aspects of his life.