On the hill side

James Maitland Balfour (5 January 1820 – 23 February 1856), of Whittinghamewas a Scottish land-owner and businessman. He made a fortune in the 19th-century railway boom, he also inherited a significant portion of his father’s great wealth.

He was a Conservative MP  in the 1840s, and was the father of Prime Minister Arthur Balfour. He died of Tuberculosis in Madeira aged 36




Erected to the memory of James Maitland Balfour Esq. of Whittingeham, Major Commandant of the East Lothian Yeomanry Cavalry by the officers and non-commissioned officers of that Corps in testimony of their great respect and esteem of him as a Commanding Officer, of their affectionate regard for him as an amiable and able country gentleman and of their deep and lasting regret for his premature removal from among them.


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