Source: Davidson, John, Rev., Inverurie and The Earldom of the Garioch: A
Topographical and Historical Account of the Garioch from Earliest times to the
Revolution Settlement; A. Brown & Co., Aberdeen 1878. Page 440-42.
The Balquhain family itself dates from the 14th century. Norman de Leslie's
youngest brother, Sir George Leslie, first Baron of Balquhain, got a grant of
BALQUHAIN from his father; and king David II. confirmed it by charter in 1340,
for his services during the reigns of Robert I. and David II. rendered against
Edward II. and Edward Baliol; the grant consisting of the lands of BALQUHAIN,
SYDE, and BRACO. Descendants of Norman have held Balquhain ever since - subject
to many mutations as to extent during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.