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Clan Forbes Society Newsletter
February 2019

Druminnor Castle 

You probably know of Castle Forbes – but did you know it was originally Putachie House and was the second Castle Forbes? For over 500 years the seat of the House of Forbes was Druminnor Castle in Aberdeenshire – then called Castle Forbes. At its peak, the castle comprised two courtyards of buildings surrounded by a massive barmkyn (hillfort) wall, with a formal entrance forecourt to the west and extensive walled gardens to north and south. Learn more here. 

Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden


Duncan Forbes of Culloden (1685 –1747) was one of the most notable Forbes in history. In 1737, he became Lord President of the Court of Session, the most senior legal officer in Scotland. He opposed the Scottish Jacobites in the 1745 Rebellion,and fought with the British,. Ironically, the final battle was fought on his family lands in Culloden near Inverness, in 1746. Learn more here. 

Forbes in Sweden and Finland

Did you know that the House of Forbes had a strong influence in Sweden and Finland, once a part of Sweden? The first Forbes in Swedish military service appears to have been Henry Forbes of Tolquhon, who fell at Kirkholm in Russia in 1605. His sons Jakob and Peter emigrated to Finland (Finland being a part of Sweden until 1917), via Mecklenburg. Arvid Forbus, the son of Ernald Forbes of Corsindae, was born in 1598 at Ånäs in Finland, became a part of the Swedish House of Nobility, and distinguished himself as military general. Learn more here


Forbes at National Gallery of Scotland

The House of Forbes is well represented in the prints, portraits, and photographs displayed and archived at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh! See some of the examples here.

Welcome to New & Renewing Members!


Active Members

  • Ann Forbes, Florida USA

  • Antonio Uribe, Jr., Virginia USA

  • Bart Forbes, Virginia USA

  • Björn Bentzer, Sweden

  • Bradley Forbes, California USA

  • Christopher D. Forbes, Alabama USA

  • E. Austin Middleton, Virginia USA

  • Jean Stacy Gore, Virginia USA

  • Kelly Stacy, Virginia USA

  • Nancy Forbes, Virginia USA

  • Phillip Taylor, Georgia USA

  • Rick Forbes, Texas USA

  • Stephen M. Berry, Florida USA

  • Susan Graham, New York USA


House of Forbes Members

  • Bart Forbes, Virginia USA

Join Clan Forbes Society Today!


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Calendar of Events

Please let us know of upcoming events or if you are a Clan Forbes Tent Convener. E-mail: News@Clan-Forbes.org. Thanks!​

Feb. 23, 2019

Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival . Clan Forbes Convener: None

March 1 & 2, 2019

Southeast Florida Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None

Mar 2 & 3 2019

Phoenix Scottish Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None

March 8 to 10, 2019

Sonora Celtic Faire. Clan Forbes Convener: Valerie Edwards

Mar 9, 2019

Panama City Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None

Mar 10 & 11, 2019

Midland Scottish-Irish Faire & Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None

Mar 17, 2019

Southeast Alabama Highland Games & Scottish Festival. Clan Forbes Convener: None

April 12 to 14, 2019

Loch Norman Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None


Apr 27, 2019

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival & Highland Gathering. Clan Forbes Convener: Bart Forbes 


April 27 & 28, 2019

Woodland Celtic Games & Festival Clan Forbes Convener: Valerie Edwards

May 4 to 5, 2019

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival. Clan Forbes Convener: None


May 4, 2019

Savannah Scottish Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None


May 10 to 12, 2019

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None


May 18, 2019

Fair Hill Scottish Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None

May 18 to 19, 2019

Smoky Mountain Highland Games. Clan Forbes Convener: None