Gerald Balfour, 4th Earl of Balfour

Gerald Arthur James Balfour, 4th Earl of Balfour (23 December 1925 – 27 June 2003), styled Viscount Traprain between 1945 and 1968, was a British peer.

The Earl of Balfour
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
28 November 1968  11 November 1999
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byThe 3rd Earl of Balfour
Succeeded byseat abolished
Personal details
Born23 December 1925
Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland
Died27 June 2003(2003-06-27) (aged 77)
Dunbar, Scotland
Natasha Georgina Anton
(m. 1956; died 1994)
ParentsRobert Balfour, 3rd Earl of Balfour
Jean Lily West Roundel Cooke-Yarborough

Balfour was the son of The 3rd Earl of Balfour and Jean Lily West Roundel Cooke-Yarborough. He married Natasha Georgina Anton (d.1994), daughter of Captain George Anton, on 14 December 1956.

Balfour was educated at Eton. He took part in the Second World War, in the Merchant Navy. A master mariner, he first served on H.M.S. Conway. From 1960 to 1974, he was a County Councillor for East Lothian. In November 1968 he succeeded his father in the earldom.

As Balfour and his wife had no children, Balfour was succeeded in the earldom by his second cousin once-removed Roderick Balfour.

Styles of address

  • 1925–1930: Mr Gerald Balfour
  • 1930–1945: The Honourable Gerald Balfour
  • 1945–1968: Gerald Balfour, Viscount Traprain
  • 1968–2003: The Right Honourable The Earl of Balfour


  • Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 692
  • Announcements, The Daily Telegraph, London, U.K., 30 June 2003
  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 172
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Balfour
Earl of Balfour
Succeeded by
Roderick Balfour

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