William Forbes Skene, WS (1809 - 1892)

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Birthplace: Inverie, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: Historian and author
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Biographical Summary

Skene, William Forbes. 07/06/1809-29/08/1892. Ref: 1376. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Inverie, Kincardineshire.
  • Place of Death: Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Writer to the Signet, Historian, Celtic Scholar.
  • Appointments Held: WS 1831; Depute Clerk 1853-67 Court of Session; Director, Commercial Bank of Scotland; Historiographer Royal For Scotland 1881-1892.
  • Schools and Tutors: The High School, Edinburgh.
  • Training: Apprentice to Francis Wilson, Sir Henry Jardine.
  • Undergraduate Studies: St Andrews University, Edinburgh University.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D(Edinburgh 1865), DCL(Oxon 1879).
  • Publications: "The Highlanders of Scotland, their Origin, History, and Antiquities" 1837, "Celtic Scotland" 1876-80, etc.
  • Marital Status: Unmarried.
  • Mother: Jane Forbes.
  • Father: James Skene of Rubislaw FRSE 1775-1864.
  • References: DNB 52, 1897, 338-340; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 20, 1892-5, viii-xx; Register of The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet 1983, 291.
  • Memberships: FSAScot(1831), Highland Society(1831).
  • Date of Election: 03/01/1859.
  • Proposers: Cosmo Innes (Billet 6/12/1858, 20/12/1858).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1863-5, Vice-President 1869-71.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 849


There's a good biographical sketch of Willam Forbes Skene by W. D. H. Steadall (2001). A PDF of the whole article is attached to this Geni entry, under "sources."

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June 7, 1809
Inverie, Kincardineshire, Scotland
August 29, 1892
Age 83
Edinburgh, Scotland