Ian Balfour, 1932-2022

Ian Balfour, who passed away in June 2022 at the age of 89, was born and spent most of his life in Edinburgh. His professional life was spent in the law, where he was a partner in a legal firm. Family was important to him and he wanted to be able to show future generations and other interested people the history of his family.
His Christian faith was the foundation to his life. He loved studying Theology and his hero was an early Church Father called Tertullian. This website is part of his legacy and we hope you find it both helpful and stimulating.
Tertullian Biblios

Bibliography of scholarly works on Tertullian


This is a personal index, compiled over fifty years, with the ambitious purpose of finding and (subject to copyright) making copies of as many published works as possible with the name ‘Tertullian’ in the title. It includes titles which name his works without naming him as author.


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Tertullian Bibliography


Congregational Life in Twelve Central Belt Baptist churches, 1918 to 1939

In 1979, David Edwards in Glasgow sent a questionnaire to churches, an early initiative by the (still flourishing) Scottish Baptist History Project. He asked 64 questions about ‘the life of the churches in the (inter-war) years from 1918 to 1939’. I was given twelve completed questionnaires while preparing a chapter for the 1988 monograph, David Bebbington (ed.), Baptists in Scotland: a History. I came across them during a recent spring-clean and thought it worth preparing this Paper.

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Citywide Edinburgh Missions

A Group which met weekly on Thursday afternoons in St Thomas’ Scottish Episcopal Church, Costorphine, Edinburgh, asked Ian Balfour in 2001 to give a Paper about evangelistic missions in Edinburgh, particularly those in which St Thomas had been involved. St Thomas was constituted as an Independent Chapel within the Anglican Church in 1844, and has a long and worthy history of contributing to interdenominational evangelistic outreach in Edinburgh, particularly since 1945 under its rectors Rev George Duncan, Rev Dr Geoffrey Bromily, Rev Philip Hacking, Rev Gordon Bridger, Rev John Wesson, Rev Dennis Lennon, Rev Mike Parker and Rev Ian Hopkins. This is the text of the Paper which Ian gave.
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Charlotte Chapel Evangelical Social Involvement

The Scottish Church History Society, founded in 1922, asked Ian Balfour to give a Paper on this subject at their May 2008 meeting, held in the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh. The proceedings of their monthly meetings are published annually as Scottish Church History Society Records, but for those who do not have access to this periodical, the Paper is made available here also. It is copied here exactly as given.
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