Clara Lucas Balfour nee Liddell (1808- 1878) was a British novelist and temperance activist. She educated herself by reading extensively. Temperance, social justice, and feminism were important themes in her writing and speaking. These themes influenced her reading of scripture. Balfour wrote over seventy works on temperance over a forty-year period. Her works include: Women of Scripture (1847), Working Women of the Last Half Century: The Lessons of Their Lives (1854), The Confessions of a Decanter (1862), The Bible Patterns of a Good Woman (1867) and Women Worth Emulating (1877).