Post by Michael Rhodes
The 4th Earl of Balfour, died in his sleep, after a long illness, 27
June, 2003. He was 77.
Lord Balfour, of The Tower, Whittinghame, Haddington, was the only
surviving son of the 3rd Earl of Balfour, and a great-nephew of Arthur
James Balfour (1st Earl), British Prime Minister 1902-1905.
Gerald Arthur James Balfour was born 23 December, 1925, elder son of
the 3rd Earl (1902-68), by his wife Jean Cooke-Yarborough.
The 4th Earl of Balfour had two sisters, & a younger brother, the Hon
Andrew Balfour, who died tragically aged 11 - shot dead - whilst
cleaning sporting guns at the family home in 1948.
Lord Balfour was educated at Eton and HMS Conway.
Career: he held a Master Mariners' Certificate; Member of East Lothian
County Council, 1960-75; Justice of the Peace for East Lothian, 1970.
He succeeded to the Earldom of Balfour (Peerage of the United Kingdom
1922) and the viscountcy of Traprain, on the demise of his father, 28
He married in 1956, Mrs Natasha Georgina Lousada, daughter of Capt
George Anton, of Archangel, Russia.
The Countess of Balfour died at Dunbar, 22 September, 1994.
There were no children of the marriage, and Lord Balfour leaves a
stepdaughter, Alexandra Cole.
The peerages now devolve upon his second cousin once removed, Roderick
Francis Arthur Balfour, born 9 December, 1948, who married in 1971,
Lady Tessa Mary Isabel Fitzalan-Howard, eldest daughter of the 17th
Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE. The 5th peer is the father of four
daughters, and the heir presumptive to the peerages is his brother,
George George Yule Balfour, born 23 April, 1951.
The funeral service takes place at Whittinghame Kirk, Wednesday 2
I think I'm correct in stating that the 5th Earl of Balfour succeeds
by special remainder - not being a descendant of any of the previous
The special remainder is unusually complex. Failing issue of the
(unmarried) first earl, both peerages go "to his brother, the Rt. Hon.
4th earls in 1945 and 1968 respectively. If the 5th earl descends from
extinction of male heirs. OTOH the remainder might have been worded
that way because FCC was not expected to leave heirs. Can anyone fill