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Courtney Frank
posted 04-10-2000 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Courtney Frank   Click Here to Email Courtney Frank     Edit/Delete Message
I'm looking for any information on Balfour Castle in Ireland. Location etc.

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http://www.balfourcastle.co.uk/ is "a", or as some would say "the" Balfour Castle, but it's located on Isle of Shapinsay, Orkneys, Scotland. It's actually a hotel/B&B type place now. Are you positive this is an Irish castle and not Scottish? There IS, IIRC (I dont have my binder 'o research on hand; it's on loan :/), a castle or some type of fortified structure in Ireland called Balfour Castle, but I'm not 100% positive (sorry).

Denmylne Tower near Lindores, Fife, Ireland was once a Balfour owned castle/tower house as well.



posted 04-10-2000 01:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Balfour Castle in Orkney is not technically a castle, but a castellated mansion with no fortified features. It was built only in 1847 by the famed architect David Bryce for David Balfour.
I also cannot find reference to a Balfour Castle in Ireland, though I agree that the name is Scots. It originated in the barony of Balfour in Fife, where stands the ruin of a mansion, Balfour House, which in turn stands upon the vaulted basement of a once strong tower house.The Balfour family owned this estate until 1360, and at one time or another owned the following Scottish castles; Balgonie, Bandon, Burleigh, Collairnie, Denmylne, Fernie, Isle of May, Kirkton, Monimail, Mountquhanie, Noltland, Pilrig, Pitcullo, Randerston, Strathmiglo, Whittinghame, and Wormiston.
Lindores in the 'Ancient Kingdom of Fife' is in fact also in Scotland.
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[This message has been edited by wurdsmiff (edited 04-10-2000).]

posted 07-20-2000 03:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Sorry this is so late;
Castle Balfour Co Fermanagh appears in Mike Salters Castles and stronghouses of Ireland.
It is a stronghouse of 1618 has a wing facing a low cliff on the west, and originally had a bawn.
It was built by Sir James Balfour, refortified by Ludlow in 1652, and burnt in 1689. It was restored and inhabited until c.1820.
(abbreviated extract from above book, ISBN 1 871731 15 1)

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