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Notable People 

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House of Forbes at the 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 more here.

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Patrick Forbes, Lord of Corse, Bishop of Aberdeen (1564 - 1635)

Duncan Forbes was appointed the Bishop of Aberdeen and then Chancellor of King’s College of the University of  Aberdeen. In the latter role, he repaired buildings, expanded the library, revived several professorships, and created a new professorship of divinity. See more here.

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John Forbes (1570-1606): The Lord Who Wasn't

When 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. See more here.     

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John Forbes (1608 - 1661): First Forbes in America

The son of an outspoken critic of the Church of England who fled to Holland, John Forbes (or Fobes) followed the Puritans to the Plymouth Colony as an indentured tradesman, acquired land and a minor position, and founded generations of Forbes in America. See more here.

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Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord Pitsligo (1678 - 1762)

The Jacobite who went on the run for 16 years. Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord Forbes of Pitsligo, spent 16 years on the run after fighting with the Jacobites at Culloden despite his old age and poor health.  See more here. 

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Duncan Forbes, Lord of Culloden (1685 - 1747)

Duncan Forbes was Lord President of the Court of Sessions, the highest ranking member of the British Government in Scotland during the Jacobite Uprising in 1745. While he opposed the Uprising, he argued for leniency towards the defeated highland clan chiefs. See more here. 

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John Forbes (1714 – 1796)

The second son of George Forbes, 3rd Earl of Granard in Ireland joined the Royal Navy at the age of 14 in 1726 and rose to become Great Britain’s Admiral of the Fleet. See more here.