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.