Grandson of Duncan Forbes, 1st Lord Culloden, James Forbes (1627 – 1692) fought at the Battle of Dunbar, was captured and shipped to New England. He became a successful landholder; and founded the Connecticut branch of the House of Forbes.
Millions of American schoolchildren first learned about the colorful characters of the American Revolutionary War through the Young Adult novel Johnny Tremain, written by Esther Louise Forbes (1891 –1967.) Forbes was an American novelist and historian who received the Pulitzer Prize and the Newbery Medal.
Patrick Forbes was Bishop of Aberdeen and then Chancellor of King’s College of the University of Aberdeen, where he repaired buildings, expanded the library, revived several professorships, and created a new professorship of divinity.
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.
Fatherless and poor at the age of four, Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet, (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.
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.
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, which he opposed. However, he argued for leniency towards the defeated clan chiefs.
One of the most successful portrait artists of her age, Anne Forbes gave up a business in London to teach and paint in Edinburgh. In 1788, she was appointed Portrait Painter to the Society of Antiquaries in Edinburgh.
Edwin Austin Forbes (1839 – 1895) was an American artist who sketched and painted scenes of American Civil War, including dramatic battles, commanding portraits of the leaders, and sketches of the everyday life of a soldier. His drawings won a medal at the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
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 founded generations of Forbes in America.
John Forbes commanded an expedition, with Ltc.-Col. George Washington, that occupied the French outpost of Fort Duquesne, now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He oversaw the construction of a military trail known as the Forbes Road.
Bertie Charles (B.C.) Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland as the sixth of ten children in a working-class family. He emigrated to New York City where he founded Forbes magazine, for which was editor-in-chief until his death.