Balfour was probably born and raised in Derry. After the death of her parents she and her sisters moved to Limvady, where she worked as a schoolteacher. In 1810 she published a collection of original and translated poems, dedicated to the Bishop of Derry in whose gift her father's living had been.
By 1813 she had moved to Belfast and opened a school. In her later years she was called Mary Balfour Bruton, presumably her married name.
Eight of her poems were anthologized in Edward Bunting's General Collection of Ancient Irish Music, 1809.
- Kathleen O’Neil: A grand national melodrama. Belfast: Archbold and Duncan 1814.
- General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (2nd edition). 1809.
See also Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mary Balfour (1778-1819), Ricorso.net. Web, July 15, 2013.
- ↑ Ricorso.net gives (1780-1820), and a birthdate of 1775, as variant dates of from some sources.
- ↑ Mary Balfour, Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, Oxford University Press, 1996. Answers.com, Web, July 15, 2013.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Balfour, Mary, Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto, UToronto.ca, Web, Nov. 12, 2011.
- Mary Balfour (1778-1819) at Ricorso.net.
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