Balfour (2nd Earl of Balfour)
SON OF James Balfour, brother of Tory Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour, embryologist Francis Balfour, and of
Eleanor Mildred Balfour (Eleanor
Sidgwick) who married Henry Sidgwick in
1876. Educated at Eton and Trinity College in Cambridge. Elected Member of
Parliament for Leeds in 1885, serving until 1906. He acted as Private
Secretary to his brother (1885-6), was Chief Secretary for Ireland
(1895-1900) and President of Board of Trade (1900-5). He succeeded his
brother to the Earldom of Balfour in 1930.
Helped found the Society for
Psychical Research in 1882 and contributed many important papers in the
Proceedings of that Society, including:
"A Study of the Psychological
Aspects of Mrs Willet's Mediumship, and of the Statements of the
Communicators Concerning Process" (Proc. 43, 1935, pp. 41-318)
"Some Recent Scripts Affording Evidence of Personal Survival" (Proc.
27, 1914-15, pp. 221-43)
"The Ear of Dionysius: Further Scripts
Affording Evidence of Personal Survival" (Proc. 29, 1918, pp.
197-244). President of the SPR between 1906 and 1907.
He lived at Whittinghame House in East Lothian.