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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fatherless and poor at the age of four, William Forbes (1739–1806) worked his way up from a being a bank apprentice and clerk to becoming one of Scotland’s greatest bankers and philanthropists of the 18th century. See more here.
One of the most successful portrait artists of her age, Anne Forbes gave up a stressful business in London to teach and paint portraits in Edinburgh. In 1788 she was appointed Portrait Painter to the Society of Antiquaries in Edinburgh. Learn more here.
"Copper-bottom" Forbes was a prosperous copper smith and landowner who purchased and greatly enhanced Callendar House in Falkirk, Scotland. See more here.
The next time your physician places a cold stethoscope to your chest, you can thank Sir John Forbes (1787 – 1861). While he did not invent this device, he was “instrumental” in promoting its use throughout the English-speaking world. See more here.