Balfour Seator Nicoll

ID# 6904, (3 Jun 1847 - 30 Apr 1931)

Balfour Seator Nicoll was born on 3 Jun 1847 at Westsay, Orkney, Scotland ,

Parents: Gordon Nicoll & Euphemia Seator.1

Balfour Seator Nicoll married Agnes Gardiner, daughter of Alexander Gardner and Helen Provan, on 2 Sep 1878 at 143 London Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

After Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland

Balfour S Nicoll, Joiner (Journeyman) (Bachelor) Aged 33
Usual Res: 26 High Patrick Street, Hamilton
Parents: Gordon Nicoll, Miltary (sic) Officer (dec) & Euphemia Nicoll MS Seater (dec)
Agnes Gardiner, Waitress in Restaurant (Spinster) aged 24
Usual Res: 143 London Street, Glasgow
Parents: Alexander Gardiner, Coal Pitheadman & Helen Gardiner MS Provan

Witnesses: Helen Meikle & Charles Laird.2,3

Balfour Seator Nicoll immigrated on 20 Sep 1878 from Greenock via "Clara" to Brisbane Queensland, Australia, also on board were listed Agnes

Assisted Immigration:
Arrived Brisbane 20 Jan 1879
Quarantined: 30 Dec 1878 - 20 Jan 1879

NICOLL Balfour, aged 23, Adult
NICOLL Agnes, aged 24, Adult.4

Balfour Seator Nicoll was on the 1883 Electoral Roll Robert Street, North Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,

NICOLL Balfour S, Household.5

Balfour Seator Nicoll was on the 1884 Electoral Roll North Brisbane, Queensland,

NICOLL Balfour S, Household.6

Balfour Seator Nicoll was on the 1885 Directory.

East Side:
NICOLL Balfour S, carpenter.7

Balfour Seator Nicoll was listed on the police records on 11 Aug 1890 of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,
Brisbane: - Stolen from a house in course of erection in Adelaide Street, between the 30th Ultimo and 5th instant, the property of Balfour S Nicoll, Junction Street, Thompson Estate, 1 brace with rough wooden handle, one 1 inch bit, one ¾ inch ditto, one ½ inch ditto, one 3/8 inch ditto, one 2 foot rule, 1 draw poist 2 punches, 1 counter-sunk bit, one ¾ inch chisel with ash handle - value, £1 10s. Identifiable - O, 1635
11 August, 1890.8

Balfour Seator Nicoll immigrated on 10 Apr 1892 from Brisbane via "SS India" to London, England, also on board were listed Agnes, Alexander, Euphemia and Thomas

Inwards list 13 April 1892

NICOLL, Balf. S - Scotch Adult
NICOLL Agnes, - Adult
NICOLL Alex G - Between 1 - 12yrs
NICOLL Euphemia - Between 1 - 12yrs
NICOLL Thomas B - Between 1 - 12yrs.9

Balfour appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 at 224 Pollokshaws Rd, Back Land, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Agnes, Alexander, Euphemia and Thomas ;
NICOLL Balfour Seaten, Head, 55, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Westsay, Orkney
NICOLL Agnes Gardner, wife, 45, Coatbridge Lanark
NICOLL Alexander Gardner, Son, 21, Joiner, Australia
NICOLL Euphemia Leatu (sic), Dau, 18, At Home, Australia
NICOLL Thomas Brown, Son, 14, Office Lad, Australia.10

Balfour appeared on the 1911 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1911 at 224 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Agnes, Alexander and Thomas ;
NICOLL Balfour Seator, Head, Mar, 63, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Employer, Westray Orkney
NICOLL Agnes Gardiner, Wife, Mar, 56, married 32 years, 3 children born, all still living, Langloan Lanark
NICOLL Alexander Gardiner, Son, 31, Single, House Joiner, worker, Brisbane Queensland, (Bit Sub by parentage)
NICOLL Thomas Brown, Son, 24, Single, Accountant Clerk, worker, Brisbane Queensland, (Bit Sub by parentage.)11

Balfour died on 30 Apr 1931 at 63 Possil Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland , at age 83 years, 10 months and 27 days

Balfour Seater Nicoll, Wine & Spirit Merchant, (Retired),
Widower of Agnes Gardiner
At 0.40AM, aged 83yrs.
Usual Res: 93 Mosspark Drive, Glasgow
Parents: Gordon Nicoll, Fishery Officer (dec) & Euphemia Nicoll MS Seater (dec)

T B Nicoll, Son, 15 Dunearn Street, Glasgow was the informant.12,2

Balfour's death notice appeared on 1 May 1931 in the "The Glasgow Herald", Scotland ,

At Glasgow, on 30th April 1931, Balfour Seater Nicoll, in his 84th year, retired Wine and Spirit Merchant, Glasgow and Motherwell, beloved husband of the late Agnes Gardiner.13

Balfour and Agnes had 3 known children.

Children of Balfour Seator Nicoll and Agnes Gardner


  1. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Oct 2013), Balfour Seator Nicol, 03 Jun 1847; citing WESTRAY AND PAPA WESTRAY,ORKNEY,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 990518.
  2. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  3. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1878 Blackfriars Glasgow Lanark, 644/05 0144. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
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    "Clara" - 20 Jan 1879, Pg 170, QSA Item ID 18478 via online Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  5. [S121] Elections, Electoral Roll Australia (, 1903 - 1980), 1883 Electoral Roll, North Brisbane, Qld, Fiche 141, via Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll Australia.
  6. [S121] Electoral Roll Australia, 1884 Electoral Roll, North Brisbane, Qld, Fiche 154, via
  7. [S181] Directories, Australian PO Directory (n.p.:, 1885-86 Brisbane PO Directory & Country Guide (Watson Ferguson) pg No 147 & Alpha listing pg No 330. Hereinafter cited as Australian PO Directory.
  8. [S182] National Gazette , Police Gazettes Australia; Court Records,, , Queensland Police Gazette 1890 Pg No 289.
  9. [S61] Shipping Records, UK Imcoming Passenger Lists, 1878 - 1960, BT26, Piece 31, Item 31, via
  10. [S63] 1901 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 31 March 1901), 1901 Glasgow Govan Lanark, ED 14, Page 16 Reg No 644/12 via Hereinafter cited as 1901 Scottish Census.
  11. [S136] GRO Scotland, 1911 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1911), 1911 Gorbals, Glasgow Lanark, 644/17 026/00 018. Hereinafter cited as 1911 Scottish Census.
  12. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1931 Kelvin, Glasgow Lanark, 644/13 0249 aged 83.
  13. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Glasgow Herald, Friday 1 May 1931, 149th Year No 104. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.