During the research for her 1938 book, “General Washington’s Dilemma” Katherine Mayo consulted Colonel E W S Balfour regarding Major James Gordon, who is covered extensively in her book. She mentions precious few acknowledgements, but this appears : “Colonel E W S Balfour, Commander of the Scots Guards and present head of the Gordons of Ellon;” So, I was delighted to find this tree https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Balfour-Family-Tree-733 which tells me that it was Edward William Sturgis Balfour 1884 – 1955 who was Mayo’s source for all things to do with James Gordon. So far, so good, especially since I also now know that The Scotsman obituary here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-major-peter-edward-gerald-balfour-cbe-soldier-and-businessman-1-3015985 relates to the son of E W S Balfour. I am, however, dismayed that the Balfour Family tree in question has no Manager. Can anyone help me make contact with the descendants of Major Peter Edward Gerald Balfour who died in 2013? I have The Scotsman, but that is unlikely to produce results. I just cannot believe that all the knowledge held by E W S Balfour regarding James Gordon has been lost since 1955.
Edited to add: I have just messaged Michael Thomas who may be the very person who can help me! Let's hope so!
Some info here about the Balfours
A bunch of them living, but only two of those named.
PS Actually 4 or 5 living Balfours named, now I read it again.
I am extremely grateful to RJ Horace for their help. I have found and emailed three descendants now, the most hopeful of which I think will be Robert William Balfour (b. 1952) (q.v.); Lord Lieutenant for Fife. I thank you again so very much.