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  • John Alexander de Forbes, Governor of Urquhart Castle (c.1280 - 1305)
    Urquhart Castle, Strone, Inverness-shire, Scotland: The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification. Founded in the 13th centur...
  • John De de Forbes, Sheriff of Aberdeen (c.1302 - c.1387)
    NOTE: The person who added this de Forbes stated that John de Forbes fought and died at the Battle of Dupplin Moor. However, the Battle took place on August 10-11, 1332, not in 1387 -----------------...
  • Sir John "With The Black Lip" Forbes (1332 - 1406)
    Sir Alexander de Forbes was Justiciary of Aberdeen, and Coroner of that county married a daughter of Kennedy of Dunure. Nævnes 1372. Fik fra jarlen Thomas af Mar en del landområder i Aberdeenshire, s...
  • Duncan Forbes, of Culloden (1685 - 1747)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary " Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden (10 Nov 1685 – 10 Dec 1747) was a Scottish politician and judge. He was President of the Court of Session... ...He was born the second ...
  • Duncan "the Evil" de Forbes, Lord of Forbes (c.1250 - d.)
    Duncan de Forbes (born circa 1250) received the original charter to Forbes lands at Strathdon, Aberdeenshire from Alexander III in 1271/2. He died some time after the birth of his son, John de Forbes, ...

Clan Forbes

☀☀☀ Officially registered clan, with Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court. Contributors/contributions welcome - but please do not copy and paste Wiki!!

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  • Crest/Badge
  • Gaelic Name: Foirbeis
  • Motto: Grace me Guide
  • Origin of Tartan:
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  • Lands Aberdeenshire
  • Seat: Castle Forbes was built in 1815 on the land claimed by Oconachar, overlooking the Don.
  • Clan Chief: Nigel Ivan Forbes, 23rd Lord Forbes

Origins of the name

Forbes is a parish in the Aberdeenshire area. Tradition tells that the 'Braes o’ Forbes' were once uninhabitable because of bears living in the area. Oconachar, founder of the clan, killed the bears and claimed the land as ‘first occupier’. The present chief still holds part of the Lordship of these Forbes lands.

Historical references

In 1271, Duncan de Forbes (chief at the time), obtained a charter from Alexander III for the land, confirming his claim. In the fourteenth century John de Forbes of the Black Lip had four sons with whom the family expanded widely and prosperously. William began the Pitsligo line, John was progenitor of the branch of Polquhoun and Alistair of Brux was ancestor of extensions in Skellater and Inverernan.

Alexander, the eldest of the brothers, fought in the 1411 Battle of Harlaw against the invaders from the Isles, led by Donald. He was created Lord Forbes by James I around 1444. To this day the Lordship is regarded as Scotland’s premier. His own three sons would extend the family with the branches of Corsindae and Monymusk, Corse, and later the Baronets of Craigievar.

Forbes people

  • Alexander de Forbes , 1st Lord Forbes (c.1380-1448), feudal baron of Forbes, was a Scottish peer who fought at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411
  • "Black Arthur" Forbes, the 6th Lord Forbes's youngest son. He was killed at The Battle of Tillieangus 10 October 1571
  • During the 1715 rebellion, Duncan Forbes of Culloden, President of the Court of Session, opposed the Jacobite cause. He is remembered for his efforts to win the rebels better treatment from their captors. Speaking out for the people after Culloden, Butcher Cumberland responded with the sneer, 'that old woman talked to me about humanity.' A memorial to Duncan Forbes stands in the Parliament Hall at Edinburgh.

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