A collection of historic photographs from Ian’s family.
The following list of photographs spans generations of Ian and Joyce’s family. Although the ‘family gatherings’ section contains recent images, this is simply a selection of special events.
Members of the Balfour family were resident in Westray from 1560 until 1959.
The narrative and charts are from ‘Westray Roots -the Family History Newsletter for Westray Folk Everywhere’, Issue 39 in December 2000.
Today the surname Balfour is extinct in Westray after continuing for close on four hundred years. Nevertheless a good number of people can still claim at least a drop of Balfour blood.
Ian’s paternal ancestors as shown on ‘The Balfour Family Tree’ immediately above this article (in the menu), are highlighted in orange.
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1972, was a busy time for the Balfour family as they moved into their new home at Murrayfield.
Exams loomed for Lesley, Robin was kept busy with cubs and cricket, Jeremy started school at Edinburgh Academy and Sandy (2) enoyed his first swimming lesson. Read More
1961, and the Balfours celebrate the birth of Robin Francis and also Lesley’s second birthday. Once again congratulations from far and near were shared, some of which can be seen on the diary PDF. Read More