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Clan Forbes Society Newsletter
March 2019

Pitsligo Castle


Pitsligo Castle was initially built in the 14th century and expanded a century later, as noted by panels dating 1577 over the courtyard doorway. The home of the Forbes of Pitsligo for over three centuries, Pitsligo Castle was destroyed in the aftermath of the Jacobite defeat at Culloden since the family supported the return of the Stewarts to the throne of Great Britain. Soon after, Alexander 4th Lord Forbes of Pitsligo was outlawed and lost his title and estate. Learn more here.


The Lord Forbes Who Wasn't

When John, the second son of Protestant John, 8th Lord Forbes, escaped his arranged marriage to become a Catholic monk in Ghent, he ignited a succession controversy that lasted three and half centuries. The Forbes Family held that third son Arthur succeeded his father as the 9th Lord Forbes. However, in 1907, the Lord Lyon listed John as the 9th Lord Forbes in the Scots Peerage – and re-numbering all the Lords Forbes for the past three centuries! Learn what happened next.


Mary Queen of Scots Tapestry

Hanging in the stair entryway of Castle Forbes is a large tapestry embroidered by Mary, Queen of Scots, during her house arrest at Bolton Castle around 1568. The tapestry was part of a bed curtain that was given to a previous Lord Forbes in appreciation for his loyalty to the Queen. Occasionally the tapestry goes on display at museums around the world because of its historical significance. See more photos of Castle Forbes.


Join Clan Forbes Society Today!


You will learn about the history and heritage of the House of Forbes; trace your genealogy with your cousins around the world; connect with other members in the Clan Forbes Community; share your family stories online; and join with members in events, tours and gatherings. Society Clan Forbes Society, Inc., offers three types of membership:


Tracing Your DNA Story


DNA testing can confirm your heritage, identify ancestors you never knew existed, and connect you with distant relatives who can help you break through any brick wall you may have encountered with your genealogy research! This article presents the whys and wherefores of DNA testing, offers sample reports, and provides you with options for getting started. Learn more here.

Welcome to New & Renewing Members!


Active Members

  • Carolyn R. Forbes, Mississippi, USA

  • Donald E. Clark, Arizona, USA 

  • Donald Henry Forbes, Massachusetts, USA

  • Dorian Forbes, Arizona, USA

  • Leslie A. Ingram, New Hampshire, USA

  • Lori Lynn Caldwell, Ohio, USA

  • Pamela Steele, Ohio, USA

  • Sherry Jo Fobes, New Jersey, USA

  • Valerie Walters Edwards, California, USA


House of Forbes Members

  • Lori Lynn Caldwell, Ohio USA

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!​

March 8 to 10, 2019

Sonora Celtic Faire, California. Clan Forbes Convener: None 


Mar 9, 2019

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


Mar 10 & 11, 2019

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


Mar 17, 2019

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

April 12 to 14, 2019

Loch Norman Highland Games. North Carolina. Clan Forbes Convener: None


Apr 27, 2019

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

April 27 & 28, 2019

Woodland Celtic Games & Festival, California. Clan Forbes Convener: Valerie Edwards

May 4 to 5, 2019

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, New Mexico. Clan Forbes Convener: None

May 4, 2019

Savannah (Georgia) Scottish Games, Georgia. Clan Forbes Convener: None

May 10 to 12, 2019

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Texas. Clan Forbes Convener: Rick Forbes

May 18, 2019

Fair Hill (Delaware) Scottish Games, Delaware. Clan Forbes Convener: None

May 18 to 19, 2019

Smoky Mountain Highland Games, Tennessee. Clan Forbes Convener: None

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