Sir William Forbes, Bt.
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"William Forbes, of Craigievar and Fintray, co Aberdeen, 1st son and heir, of William Forbes, of the same, Merchant (who had purchased Craigievar in 1610, and who finished building the Castle there), by Margaret, daughter of Nicol Udward, Provost of Edinburgh, succeeded his father in December 1627, and was created a Baronet [S] 20 April 1630, the patent, however, not recorded in the Great Seal Register [S], with rem. to heirs male whatsoever, and with a grant of, presumably, 16,000 acres in Nova Scotia, of which he does not appear to have had seizin. He was M.P. [S] for Aberdeenshire, 1639-41; 1644; and 1645-46; was Sheriff of Aberdeen, 1647; commanded a troop of horse in the Parliamentary service and held various public offices for that party during the Civil War. He married, in or before 1636, Bethia, 2nd daughter of Sir Archibald Murray, 1st Baronet [S 1628], by Margaret, daughter of (--) Maule. He died 1648. His widow married Sir Alexander Forbes of Tolquhoun."
SOURCE: Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1900; Vol. II; page 373
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