Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich, Kt.

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James Balfour of Pittendreich, Kt.

Birthplace: Pittendreich, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Balfour, 2nd of Montquhannie and Janet Bruce
Husband of Margaret Balfour
Father of Helen Balfour; Michael Balfour, 1st Lord Balfour of Burleigh; Missy Balfour; Agnes Balfour; James Balfour and 5 others
Brother of Michael Balfour of Montquhannie; David Balfour; Isobel Balfour; Robert Balfour and Sir Gilbert Balfour of Westray, Kt.

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About Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich, Kt.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"James Balfour, Lord Pittendreich (c.1525 - 1583) was a Scottish judge and politician...

...The son of Sir Michael Balfour of Montquhanny, he was educated for the legal branch of the Church of Scotland. In June 1547, together with John Knox and others captured at St Andrews, Fife, following the capture of the castle by pro-Catholic French forces he was condemned to become a galley-slave rowing French galleys, but was released in 1549. He denounced Protestantism and entered the service of Mary of Guise, and was rewarded with important legal appointments...

...He subsequently joined the Lords of the Congregation, a group of Protestant nobles who were against the marriage of the young, Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots, to the Dauphin of France (later to become Francois II of France), but betrayed their plans...

...After Mary's arrival in Scotland he became one of her secretaries, in 1565 being reported as her greatest favourite after Rizzio. He obtained the parsonage of Flisk in Fife in 1561, was nominated an Extraordinary Lord of Session, and in 1563 one of the commissaries of the court which now took the place of the former ecclesiastical tribunal; in 1565 he was made a privy councillor, and in 1566 Lord Clerk Register, and was knighted."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'James Balfour, Lord Pittendreich', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 February 2012, 01:20 UTC, <,_Lord_Pittendreich&oldid=477289862> [accessed 17 August 2012]


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Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich, Kt.'s Timeline

Pittendreich, Midlothian, Scotland
Age 28
Age 31
Burleigh, Kinross-shire, Scotland
Age 33
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Burleigh, Kinrossshire, Scotland
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Midlothian, UK