The de Balliol Society is named after the founding forefathers of the Bailey family that most famously include John 5th Baron de Balliol (abt 1205 - 1268), who was of Norman descent and who descended from an already well established family of noblety in France. He was one of the richest land owners of his time in Britain. Between 1251 and 1255, John served as the guardian of the young Scottish King Alexander and his loyalty to King Henry III (to whom he also served as Advisor) led to the temporary loss of his lands and a period of imprisonment after his capture in the Baron's War (1264 - 67) at the Battle of Lewes on 14 May 1264. John I de Balliol's son was John Balliol, the Kings of Scots. Although there is a suspicious lack of positive research available about him, with the existence of derisory remarks about King John and a particularly emphasis on his defeat as the King of Scotland, what can be deduced with richness is that he stood for the representation of the Scots in the face of considerable challenge and interference from England.
The de Balliol Society serves to represent the families (and their Descendant families) of those directly related to the founder of the de Balliol Society in offering, at the heart, an online forum for the discussion of geniology, business networking and general chat and friendship across families (regardless of direct relation). Assistance between families is widely encouraged and a sense of community is intended in the launch of the de Balliol society. Although not all familiies will be directly represented, discussion of them is entirely acceptable. Membership is free and subject to successful application, directly through our online forum where you will be contacted as part of the process in due course. The deBaliol Society also has an ever expanding family tree that is in development and subject to regular additions and revisions during the build stage and whilst DNA links are investigated.
The de Balliol Society family tree is currently running version 3.