Clara Lucas Balfour was a temperance campaigner, writer and public speaker. She was elected as the second President of the British Women’s Temperance Association in 1877 aged 69, but her tenancy ended due to ill health and she died in 1878.

Her lectures were not confined to the subject of temperance, she also spoke of women and their role in society. She wrote for publications including the Band of Hope Review and the British Workman. She also undertook editorial work for the Temperance Journal. She wrote a number of books including Women and the Temperance Movement (1849), Women Worth Emulating (1877) and Confessions of a Decanter (1862).