James Heriot Balfour-Melville 58,266,351
- Born: 8 July 1845, Edinburgh
- Christened: 7 September 1845, Edinburgh
- Marriage: Mary Louisa Dundas in 1878
- Died: 10 December 1913, Edinburgh aged 68
From The Times, December 11, 1913
The death took place in Edinburgh yesterday of Mr. J. H.
Balfour-Melville, who was for a number of years clerk to the County
Council of Mid Lothian. He had been ill for some time.
The eldest son of Mr. James Balfour-Melville, of Mount Melville, Fife,
he was born in 1845, and was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Brighton
College and Edinburgh University. He took up the study of law and was
a well-known member of the Society of Writers to the Signet. On the
death of his father he succeeded to the estate, which he afterwards
sold. Of late years he devoted himself to Freemasonry, and was
secretary of the Supreme Council of the 33rd degree, of which he was a
member. He was also associated with the Grand Priory of the Temple
and other bodies, and was Past Provincial Grand Master of Fife and
Kinross. He married in 1878 Mary Louise, daughter of Sir David
Dundas, Bt., who, with one son, survives him.
He inherited Mount Melville in 1898 on the death of his father but
sold it in 1901 to a member of the Younger family when he moved to
Auchencross, Comrie. Educated at Edinburgh Academy and Brighton
College, he entered the firm of Balfour & Scott becoming first a
Solicitor and later a Writer to the Signet.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census UK 1901: 1901, 2 South Learnmont Gardens, Edinburgh.
James married Mary Louisa Dundas, daughter of Sir David Dundas and Unknown, in 1878. (Mary Louisa Dundas was born in 1853 in Corstorphine, Edinburgh and died in 1930.)