About Alexander Forbes
The Forbes family arrived in Ireland from Scotland in 1600's and for services rendered to the Crown were granted land in County Longford, Ireland. Forbes was made Viscount of Granard of County Longford in 1675 -thus becoming Lord Forbes Earl of Granard, County Longford.
Edward Forbes 1791- A shoemaker from Longford, Ireland, married to Harriet McDowell, sailed with William Scanlan's Free Party of Settlers with two children listed, Alexander 2 and Harriet 1.
Alexander Forbes 1791-1834.
A bachelor farmer from Longford, Ireland, he sailed as a member of William Scanlan's Free Party of Settlers, being located first at Clanwilliam and then being moved to Albany on 30th Sept 1820. His particular allotment of land at what became known as Longford was the second allotment made by Scanlan and was then always referred to as No.2. Later it was to be called Forbes' River. He was to marry Jane Thomas at Grahamstown on 7th Sept. 1826. John Armstrong was a witness.
In addition to cattle farming, AF also practised shoemaking. At the outbreak of hostillities on 21st Dec 1834, he was returning to his homestead after visiting with Humphrey Thomas when he encountered a raiding party of Xhosa warriors. Two of them murdered AF and drove off over 120 cattle. His wife Jane and their six children were allowed to leave the homestead. Their daughter, Jane Forbes married William Isted on 5th Oct 1843 at Grahamstown. Her mother had re-married to Francis Elliot Simes on 22nd April 1839.
The estate of AF, Lot No.2 of 422 morgen was posthumously surveyed for him in terms of the Board of Commissioners award as published in the Graham's Town Journal 27th Mar 1845.
Information given above is drawn mainly from the Lower Albany Chronicles.
Alexander Forbes's Timeline
September 30, 1780
Templemichael, Longford, Ireland
Templemichael, Logford, Ireland
Longford, Leinster, Ireland