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Clan Forbes Society Newsletter

July 2019


New Book: Castles & Mansion Houses of the House of Forbes

Clan Forbes Society is pleased to announce the publication of "Castles & Mansion Houses of the House of Forbes!" This slim 46-page photographic survey explores nine of the great castles and mansion houses linked with the Scottish House of Forbes and delves into some of their history. The sites include Castle Forbes, Druminnor Castle (the original Castle Forbes), Craigievar Castle, Tolquhon Castle, Pitsligo Castle, Corse Castle, Corgarff Castle, Culloden House and Callendar House. Hardcover, 46 pages, 10×8 in (25×20 cm), $59.99 plus tax and shipping. See more here.


Making the Most of Visiting Your Ancestral Lands


Looking forward to visiting Scotland to explore your roots? Genealogist Dr. Bruce Durie provides some excellent advice on how to research your heritage, tapping qualified family history researchers, browsing online resources, and using local Scottish resources. Read his advice here

Places are Filling Up for the 2020 Clan Forbes Tour

Thirteen people have already paid their deposits for the 2020 Clan Forbes Tour! Developed with Jamie, Lord Sempill, of Clan Chief Tours and Thistle Dubh Enterprises, this six-day tour includes visits to Castle Forbes, Druminnor Castle, Tolquhon Castle Pitsligo Castle, Culloden House and more. We’ve only reserved 20 spots. The deadline for the first deposit of $500 is due by September 10 – but the trip may be closed by then! Learn more here.


Join Clan Forbes Society Today!


Please welcome the new Active Members for June 2019: 

  • Ari Pöyhtäri, Finland

  • Sakari Pöyhtäri, Finland

  • Christopher Allan Forbes, Kansas

  • Mrs. Helena  Lotz, Kentucky

  • Christopher Forbis, Texas

  • Jim L.W. Faulkinbury, California

  • Dean Barnhart, Washington 

  • Ramon D. Fobes, Jr., Arizona

  • Mary MacGowan, Michigan

We also welcome two new House of Forbes Members who have submitted their genealogies: 

  • Jim L.W. Faulkinbury, California

  • Ramon D. Fobes, Jr., Arizona

Your financial support of $25 will help the Society research the history and heritage of the House of Forbes; develop resources for tracing your genealogy with your cousins around the world; connect with other members in the Clan Forbes Community; and encourage more members to join us in events, tours and gatherings. If you know your genealogy, you can become a House of Forbes Member! 

Society Clan Forbes Society, Inc., offers three types of membership:


Forbes Coats of Arms


Did you know that displaying the coat of arms granted specifically to Lord Forbes is the equivalent of identity theft or stolen honor? The use of the arms by any other person is illegal in Scotland – as one well-known American company discovered. Members of the House of Forbes have many Coats of Arms registered by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. In fact, you can petition for your own Coat of Arms, either a new one or “matriculated” (derived) from an ancestor who had his own Coat of Arms. Learn more here.


Arms of Death


Check out the engaging mystery “Arms of Death” by Clan Forbes Society member M. Hollis Hutchinson writing under the pen name of Maggie Foster. Reluctant amateur sleuth Ginny Forbes, R.N., tackles the mysterious death in her Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a genealogist of her acquaintance and who specializes in heraldry. Ms. Foster skillfully spins her tale against the backdrop of the homestead of Loch Lonach, which she describes as “a Scottish community established before Texas became a republic” which “has retained its culture and identity.” Learn more here.

Calendar of Events

​July 11-14, 2019Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, North Carolina. Convener: Ron Pearson


July 13, 2019Dundee Scottish Festival, Central New York State. Convener: None.


July 20 & 21, 2019Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, Flagstaff, Arizona.  Convener: None.

Aug 2, 2019Annual Highland Games, Michigan. Convener: None.


Aug. 3 & 4, 2019Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Colorado. Convener: None.


Aug 17, 2019: Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival. Convener: Leslie Furbish Ingram


Aug  17 & 18, 2019Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering, Montana. Convener: None.

Aug. 24, 2019178th Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Traditional Clan Forbes Gathering


Aug 24, 2019Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games, New York. Convener: None.

Aug 31 & Sep 1, 2019: Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland Games at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, California. Convener: Valerie Edwards


Aug 31 & Sept 1, 2019Virginia Scottish Games & Festival, Clan Forbes Convener: Ron Pearson

Sept 5-8, 2019Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival  (Colorado), Clan Forbes Convener: None.


Sept 13 to 15, 2019Scotfest Oklahoma, Clan Forbes Convener: None.


Sept 14 & 15, 2019: Columbus Scottish Festival (Indiana), Clan Forbes Convener: None.


Sept 14 & 15, 2019: Ligonier Highland Games  (Pennsylvania), Clan Forbes Convener: None.


Sept 20 - 22, 2019: New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, Clan Forbes Convener: None.


Sep 21, 2019: Fresno Celtic Festival (California), Clan Forbes Convener: Valerie Edwards


Sept. 27-29, 2019: Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival (Pennsylvania), Clan Forbes Convener: None.


September 28, 2019​: Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Gathering (California), Clan Forbes Convener: Valerie Edwards


Sept 28, 2019: Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival  (Tennessee), Clan Forbes Convener: None.

Want to be a Clan Convener at your local Scottish Festival and Highland Games?  Download the Clan Forbes Convener's Guide and find out how!