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James Grant Forbes

Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Death: Died in Paris, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis "Frank" Blackwell Forbes and Isabel Forbes
Husband of Margaret Tyndal Winthrop
Father of Angela Elizabeth Winthrop; Rosemary Isabel Forbes and Fiona Forbes
Brother of Charles Stuart Forbes; Francis Murray Forbes; Evelyn Potter and Isobel de Mimont

Occupation: International Lawyer & Banker
Managed by: Aaron Steel
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About James Grant Forbes


James Grant Forbes (Shanghai, October 22, 1879 – Paris, April 24, 1955) was an American businessman, a member of the Forbes family. He was the son of Francis Blackwell Forbes, the brother of William Hathaway Forbes and the husband of Isabel Clark.

James Grant Forbes was born in Shanghai, China, He amassed a fortune from banking and Pacific shipping. He went to school in Ireland and graduated from Harvard University. He married at 10 Walnut St., Boston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1906 Margaret Tyndal Winthrop (Massachusetts, February 23, 1880 – Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, Brittany, July 7, 1970), who came from a family with deep roots in New England with history going back to John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the daughter of Robert Charles Winthrop, Jr. (Boston, Massachusetts, December 7, 1834 – Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 1905) and wife (m. June 1, 1869) Elizabeth Mason (Massachusetts, October 1, 1844 – Boston, Massachusetts, April 22, 1924) and paternal granddaughter of Robert Charles Winthrop and wife Elizabeth Cabot Blanchard. The couple lived in the United States for the early years of their marriage, but after the birth of their third child they moved to Europe and made Paris, France their home. During World War I, and after having had several more children, they moved to England, where they rented Barrow Green Court. Margaret had two English governesses to help bring up her 11 children.

Forbes and wife had:

James Forbes
Jock Forbes
Angela Forbes
Griselda Forbes
Rosemary Forbes, married to Richard J. Kerry, parents of the 2004 US Democratic Presidential and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry
Eileen Forbes
Monica Forbes
Alastair Cameron Forbes (1918-2005), a journalist
Ian Forbes
Iris Forbes, married to Terence Armstrong (1920-1996)
Fiona Forbes, married to Alain-Gauthier Lévy Lalonde, parents of the 1981 French Presidential candidate Green and onetime Minister of the Environment Brice Lalonde
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James Grant Forbes's Timeline

October 22, 1879
Shanghai, China
April 5, 1912
Age 32
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
October 27, 1913
Age 34
Paris, Île-de-France, France
April 24, 1955
Age 75
Paris, France