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Notable People 


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.


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.


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.     


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.


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. 


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. 


Admiral 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.


Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet of Monymusk and Pitsligo (1739 - 1806)

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.


Anne Forbes (1745-1834)

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


Sir William Forbes, 1st of Callendar (1756–1823)

"Copper-bottom" Forbes was a prosperous copper smith and landowner who purchased and greatly enhanced Callendar House in Falkirk, Scotland. See more here.


Sir John Forbes, MD (1787 - 1861)

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.


Bertie Charles (B.C.) Forbes (1880 - 1954)

From being the son of an Aberdeenshire storekeeper and tailor, B.C. Forbes honed his skills in business reporting to found the Forbes publishing and media dynasty, today reputed to be worth about $400 million. See more here.