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Clan Forbes Society Newsletter

September 2019

Vanishing Laird Lord Pitsligo


Thanks to the permission of James Taylor, his 1992 booklet “The Vanishing Laird Lord Pitsligo” is now scanned and included in the Clan Forbes Reference Library in the Members section of the website. This 27-page book includes photographs of modern-day locations and details of the remarkable “disappearance” of Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord Pitsligo, who was “Head of Horse” or cavalry commander for Charles Edward Stuart, the “Bonnie Prince Charlie” of the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. For excerpts, see Vanishing Laird Lord Pitsligo.

2020 Clan Forbes Ancestral Tour Sold Out!


The 2020 Clan Forbes Ancestral Tour operator Thistle Enterprises has announced that the tour is completely sold out! We have 24 guests confirmed and all rooms taken at the Dowans Hotel. Flights should start to open up in the next 3 to 4 weeks and they will reach out to all participants for assistance. Should we offer another tour next year or wait until 2022? We’ll be sending out a survey in the next month or so.

New Society Challenge Coins Crafted by C. Forbes, Inc.


C. Forbes, Inc., of Richmond, Virginia, has just added another challenge coin customer to its impressive list of clients: Clan Forbes Society, Inc. The new bronze challenge coin features a bold version of the Clan Forbes Crest on the obverse side and a rendering of Castle Forbes on the reverse. The new coin is available for contributions of $25 or more to the Society in order to advance its charitable and educational efforts. See Clan Forbes Society Challenge Coins

John Forbes of Corse Featured on History Scotland Magazine Cover


John Forbes of Corse (1593 – 1648) is featured on the cover of the September-October 2019 edition of "History Scotland" magazine. He was the second son of Patrick Forbes of Corse Castle, bishop of Aberdeen. A Scottish minister and theologian, Forbes considered the National Covenant an unlawful bond, and in April 1638 he published a tract against it entitled "A Peaceable Warning to the Subjects in Scotland."

Welcome New Members!


Please welcome the new Active Members for August 2019: 


• Connie Harlow Branch, Virginia
• Joyce E. Jensen, California


Your financial support of $25 for Active Membership 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

Forbes Y-DNA Group Rebooted at FamilyTreeDNA 


Society Member Kenneth L. Forbes first organized a Forbes surname Y-DNA group at FamilyTreeDNA in the Autumn 2004. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014. This month, Society President Bart Forbes stepped in as group administrator. He has refreshed the website content and run a number of new reports and analyses. Of the Forbes group participants (170 as of September 2019), a majority (66.7%) show a genetic connection to the Western Europe Haplogroup R1b1a1a2 or R-M269. Far smaller percentages of FORBES group participants indicate Haplogroups I-M253 (6.67%) and I-M223 (4.76%.) For more information. see Forbes Surname Y-DNA Group Rebooted at Family Tree DNA.

New Clan Forbes Merchandise Now Available

Show your Forbes pride by purchasing and displaying official merchandise from the Clan Forbes Society Member Store. Our initial products include: Castles & Mansion Houses of the House of Forbes Poster ($21.95); Luggage Tag ($15.95); Bumper Sticker ($5.95); Canvas Tote Bag ($12.95); Magnet ($5.95); and Button ($5.95.) Zazzle frequently offers promo code discounts and provides a 25% discount for purchases of 10 or more. Shop at https://www.clan-forbes.org/store

Highland Games & Festivals

Clan Forbes was well represented at the Virginia Scottish Games by clan convener Ron Pearson, his daughter and social media moderator Kathryn Pearson Tisdale, and Society President Bart Forbes (see above.) 

Clan Forbes was also well-represented at the Maine Highland Games, thanks to Karen M. Hoyt (left, above) and clan convener Leslie Furbish Ingram (right)!

Here are the upcoming games and festivals:


Interested in representing Clan Forbes Society at one of these Games? Download the Clan Forbes Convener Guide and we'll help you!