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Agnes Waugh Balfour
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1821
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Death: Feb. 9, 1900
Hamilton Municipality
Ontario, Canada

Agnes Waugh may have emigrated from Scotland in 1834 with her brother John Waugh and his wife Mary Hastie.

Agnes Waugh married Peter Balfour (son of James Balfour and Jane Mason) on Dec 25, 1846, in Hamilton, Ontario. Peter Balfour was in partnership with her (Agnes') older brother John Waugh (1809-1886) in Hamilton, ON. - from Donald Norris

Agnes and Peter may have had at least seven children: Isabella Jane (born Oct 13, 1847, died Aug 31, 1848); Jane Isabella (born Jan 14, 1849, died June 30, 1852); Isabella (born March 26, 1850, died May 5, 1932); Anna (born about 1851); James (born Dec 24, 1852, died April 10, 1917); Robert (Dec 16, 1854, died Nov 2, 1888); Janie (born about 1857); Peter (Dec 15, 1858, died 1934); and Agnes Janet (born March 17, 1861, died June 4, 1862); all born in Hamilton, Ontario. - from 1871 Census and OneWorldTree

Their son James...

James Balfour was born in Hamilton on Christmas Eve 1852. He was born into a Scottish Presbyterian family that fostered a hard-working ethic and almost stubborn individualistic ambition to achieve. His father Peter was a carpenter, whom often worked with Stone Masons (Freemasons) to erect stone-block houses, factories and commercial buildings from the abundant local limestone. These mid-19th century buildings belong to Hamilton's own Stone Age. Many of these fine buildings still exist, like Sandyford Place at Duke and McNab Streets a terraced house that was popular with Scottish immigrants. Peter Balfour worked with architect William Thomas on the 1850s castle-like mansion known as "Ballinahinch" for the wealthy merchant Aeneas Kennedy in the Durand neighbourhood. William Thomas most famous local building is St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. However, another lesser known building but one that has garnered some attention of late is neighbouring the Lister Block to the north on James Street, known locally as the "Thomas Building". It is likely that these top architects and skilled craftsmen, influenced Peter Balfour's desire to see his son James become a great architect. James was sent to Edinburgh and trained as an architect and designer. James returned to Hamilton in 1875 at the age of 23. - from James Balfour Left his Mark on Hamilton.

His father, Peter Balfour (1819-1897), emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1842 and settled in Hamilton where he opened his own business as builder, carpenter, and joiner, and later served as city alderman and assessment commissioner. James Balfour, at age eighteen, was sent to apprentice with the prominent Scottish architectural firm of Frank Peddie and John Kinnear in Edinburgh. After spending an additional year in New York, he returned to Hamilton in 1876 to open his own practice at the age of twenty-two. In the 1880's and 90's Balfour carried out several major commissions in Hamilton and elsewhere. These included an office building in Hamilton for the Canada Life Assurance Company (1883); Hamilton City Hall (1887-90); Detroit Institute of Fine Arts (ca. 1887), a building for which a competition was held with entries by leading American and Canadian architects; the YMCA residence in Hamilton (1889); the Hamilton Boys' Home (ca.1892); the Tuckett Tobacco Factory in Hamilton (ca. 1895); and Alma Ladies' College in St. Thomas (ca. 1896). Balfour was responsible as well for many residential buildings in Hamilton. The house at 250 James St. South, dating from the 1870's, and those in a terrace on Herkimer St., dating from 1880's, are noted in the Architectural Conservancy's publication, Victorian Architecture in Hamilton, 1971. Balfour was also a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. In 1883 he exhibited with the Society his proposal for a "House under the Mountain" and in 1887 his competition entry for the Toronto City Hall . - from James Balfour Collection

Agnes Waugh Balfour died on Feb 9, 1900, in Hamilton, Ontario, at the age of 78.

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  Robert Waugh (1784 - 1850)
  Isobel Bell Waugh (1783 - 1860)
  Peter Balfour (1819 - 1897)*
  Peter Balfour (1858 - 1934)*
  Isabella Waugh (____ - 1843)*
  William Waugh (1807 - 1866)*
  George Waugh (1807 - 1877)**
  John Waugh (1809 - 1886)*
  Jessie Waugh Campbell (1819 - 1898)*
  Agnes Waugh Balfour (1821 - 1900)
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Hamilton Cemetery
Hamilton Municipality
Ontario, Canada
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