John Crawfurd Balfour

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Party to Farqhuarson v Balfour, deceased by the time of compensation (his will was made in 1823 and proved in 1829). The compensation for three estates on Tobago was paid into the Chancery suits of Farquharson v Balfour: in addition, Edward Ellice as executor and trustee of John Crawford [sic] Balfour claimed for Amity Hope, also in Tobago. It is not yet clear how this John Crawfurd Balfour was connected with J. Balfour the partner of Patrick Maxwell in buying in the early 1770s the estates in Tobago for which compensation was paid into the Chancery suit of Farquharson v Balfour, or indeed whether (unlikely though it it by virtue of the passage of nearly 60 years) these were in fact one and the same man.

  1. Will of John Crawfurd Balfour of Portland Place proved 09/03/1829. In his will he left his estates in Tobago in trust to secure an annuity of £1500 p.a. to his wife Eleanor, and the remainder of his estate after monetary legacies to his nephew John Balfour Atkinson, the son of Sir George Atkinson of Dublin 'by my niece Elizabeth Atkinson deceased.' After his death, his great-nephew (given as Crawford Balfour Atkinson) sought to extract the Powmill estate in Scotland from the creditors of his great-uncle.

  2. An 1829 summary of the Probate lawsuit of Farquharson v Balfour and Ellice describes him as 'the deceased John Balfour of the Island of Tobago West Indies late of Portland Place Middlesex but [died] at Boulogne France.'


  1. PROB 11/1752/267; The Scottish Jurist 1831 pp. 501-2.

  2. The National Archives PROB 18/123/7

Further Information


Associated Claims (4)

£1,716 2S 11D
Previous owner (not making a claim)
£1,771 11S 7D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£2,880 6S 6D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£1,892 2S 0D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases

Addresses (1)

Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England