Baron Balfour of Glenawley

Baron Balfour of Glenawley or Clonawley, in the County of Fermanagh, was a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1619 for Sir James Balfour, younger brother of Michael Balfour, 1st Lord Balfour of Burleigh. It refers to the barony of Clanawley (Scoticised to Glenawley).[1]

Barony of Balfour of Glenawley
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Argent, on a chevron sable, an otter's head erased of the first, in base a saltire couped of the second
Creation date8 November 1619
Created byJames VI
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderSir James Balfour
Last holderJames Balfour, 2nd Baron Balfour of Glenawley or Alexander Balfour, 3rd Baron Balfour of Glenawley
Remainder to1st baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Extinction date1636
Seat(s)Castle Balfour

Balfour was the second son of judge James Balfour, Lord Pittendreich. He and his elder brother were granted lands in Ireland during the Plantation of Ulster.[1] Lord Balfour of Glenawley was the largest of the undertakers in County Fermanagh, where he built Castle Balfour in Lisnaskea.[2]

Lord Balfour died in October 1634. He had two sons who survived him, but neither had heirs, and they died shortly after him. The title became extinct on the death of his younger son in 1636, however, it is possible he never succeeded to the title. According to The Complete Peerage, the succession of a third Baron Balfour of Glenawley has never been recognised in any peerage.[3]

The lordship of Glenawley was revived in 1661 for Hugh Hamilton, 1st Baron of Glenawley, whose wife, Arabella Susan Balfour of Pitcullo, was also a relative, a daughter of a Sir William Balfour,[4] and a nephew of Lord Balfour's daughter Anne.

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  1. ^ a b Burke, John-Bernard (1846). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland and Scotland, Extinct, Dormant and in Abeyance. Henry Colburh. p. 634. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. ^ Ohlmeyer, Jane (2012). Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the Seventeenth Century. Yale University Press. p. 126. ISBN 0300118341. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); Howard de Walden, Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis; Warrand, Duncan; Gibbs, Vicary; Doubleday, H. Arthur (Herbert Arthur); White, Geoffrey H. (Geoffrey Henllan) (1910). The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. London: The St. Catherine Press, ltd. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ Ohlmeyer 2012, p. 287