Blanche Dugdale

Blanche "Baffy" Dugdale
Blanche Elizabeth Campbell Balfour

23 May 1880
Holland Park, London, England
Died16 May 1948
Kilkerran House, by Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
ResidenceRoland Gardens, South Kensington, London, England
Educationat home
Occupationauthor and Zionist
Spouse(s)Edgar Trevelyan Stratford Dugdale
Parent(s)Eustace James Anthony Balfour
Lady Frances Campbell
RelativesGeorge Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll (father-in-law)
Arthur Balfour (uncle)
Sir James Fergusson, 8th Baronet (son-in-law)

Blanche Elizabeth Campbell "Baffy" Dugdale (née Balfour, 23 May 1880 – 16 May 1948) was a British author and Zionist. Chaim Weizmann called her, "an ardent, lifelong friend of Zionism".

Early life

She was born Blanche Elizabeth Campbell Balfour on 23 May 1880 at 32 Addison Road, Holland Park, London, the eldest of the five children of Eustace James Anthony Balfour (1854–1911), an architect and the youngest brother of the prime minister Arthur Balfour, and his wife, Lady Frances Campbell (1858–1931), daughter of George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll.[1] She was educated at home, and received no formal education.[1] She was always known as "Baffy", a childhood rendering of her surname, Balfour.[2]


Dugdale worked in the Naval Intelligence Department.[3]

Dugdale was associated with the League of Nations Union in various role from its founding in 1920 until it ended; and was one of the British delegates to 1932's League Assembly.[2] In 1936, she published a two-volume biography Arthur James Balfour about her uncle, the Prime Minister Arthur Balfour.[3]

She always signed her articles Blanche E. C. Dugdale, but everyone knew her as Baffy Dugdale.[2] Chaim Weizmann called her, "an ardent, lifelong friend of Zionism".[3]

Personal life

On 18 November 1902, she married Edgar Trevelyan Stratford Dugdale (1876–1964), a Lloyds of London underwriter and "name", the second son of William Stratford Dugdale of Merevale Hall, Atherstone, Warwickshire.[1] It was at her suggestion that Edgar made his abridged translation of Mein Kampf.[4]They had two children, Frances and Michael, and lived at no. 1 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London.[1]

Later life

Dugdale died on 16 May 1948 (the day after she had heard that the state of Israel was established) at Kilkerran House, by Maybole, Ayrshire, the home of her daughter and son-in-law Sir James Fergusson, 8th Baronet.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dugdale [née Balfour], Blanche Elizabeth Campbell". ODNB. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "It is a tragic irony that Baffy Dugdale". The Spectator. 21 May 1948. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Dugdale, Blanche Elizabeth Campbell°". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ Barnes, James J.and Barnes, Patience P. (1980) Hitler's Mein Kampf in Britain and America: A Publishing History 1930–39 Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp.3-4

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