Legacy of the House of Forbes
The House of Forbes has a rich history and heritage, as is indicated on many of these pages. We also have a rich legacy that has survived to today. The most obvious are the many castles and mansion houses, some of which are still owned by the family. These include Castle Forbes by Lord and Lady Forbes; Druminnor Castle by Alexander Forbes; and Corse Castle by Sir Andrew Iain Forbes.
The other elements of the legacy of the House of Forbes include intangible aspects as diverse as the many publications such as Lyon in Mourning by Bishop Robert Forbes (1708–1775) and the sprawling media empire of Forbes Magazine founded by B.C. Forbes (1880 – 1954).
Here is cataloged some of the many tangible assets such as paintings, charters, and other historic items.
This reliquary, once used for housing relics of saints, may have been fashioned in the early 8th century. It was preserved at Monymusk House but it is uncertain for how long. Learn more here.
This jewel is one of a very small number of Renaissance jewels to have survived in the British Isles. The 16th century jewel is now at the National Museums Scotland from the private collection of the Forbes of Fettercairn, descended from Sir William Forbes, brother of Alexander Forbes, first Lord Forbes. Learn more here.
This cast bronze cannon is from Tolquhon Castle bears the arms and initials of William Forbes 7th laird of Tolquhon and the date 1588. Learn more here.
This silver and maplewood mazer was made by James Craufurd of Edinburgh in 1591. Engraved with the arms of Forbes of Craigievar. Sir william Forbes, 1st Baronet of Craigievar may have passed it on to his daughter Anna who married Robert Petrie of Portlethen. Learn more here.