by George J. Dance

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Mary Balfour (January 24, 1778 - 1819) was an Irish poet who worked as a schoolteacher.[1][2]


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.[1]


Eight of her poems were anthologized in Edward Bunting's General Collection of Ancient Irish Music, 1809.[3]




  • Kathleen O’Neil: A grand national melodrama. Belfast: Archbold and Duncan 1814.[4]


  • General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (2nd edition). 1809.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mary Balfour (1778-1819), Web, July 15, 2013.
  2. gives (1780-1820), and a birthdate of 1775, as variant dates of from some sources.
  3. Mary Balfour, Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, Oxford University Press, 1996., Web, July 15, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Balfour, Mary, Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 12, 2011.

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