Magdalene Howden Balfour

18 December 1809–15 January 1882 (Age 72)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

The Life of Magdalene Howden

When Magdalene Howden Balfour was born on 18 December 1809, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, her father, Andrew Balfour, was 28 and her mother, Magdalene Goldie, was 25. She married William Alexander Browne on 24 June 1834, in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1809. She died on 15 January 1882, in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

William Alexander Browne
Magdalene Howden Balfour
Marriage: 24 June 1834
William Alexander Francis Browne
Sir James Crichton-Browne
John Hutton Balfour Browne

Spouse and Children

24 June 1834
Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


    William Alexander Francis Browne


    Sir James Crichton-Browne


    John Hutton Balfour Browne


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1811 · The Tron Riot

Age 2

The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.

Age 6

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Age 21

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of several places in eastern Scotland named with Gaelic bail(e) ‘village’, ‘farm’, ‘house’ + pùir, genitive case of pór ‘pasture’, ‘grass’ (lenited to phùir in certain contexts). The second element is akin to Welsh pawr ‘pasture’. The principal British family bearing this name derives it from lands in the parish of Markinch, Fife. According to the traditional pronunciation, the accent falls on the second syllable, but these days it is found more commonly on the first.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Magdaline Howden Balfour, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Magdalene Howden Balfour, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • Magdalene Howden Balfour in entry for William Alexander Francis Browne, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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