The Clan Forbes Society has partnered with Thistle Dubh Enterprises and Jamie, Lord Sempill, of Clan Chief Tours to create a bespoke Forbes ancestral tour for twenty people in August 2020.
The first stop is Elgin, Moray, steeped in history and enticing with shopping options. You may choose to visit the Gordon MacPhail retail shop with hand-finished chocolates, cheeses, and over 1,000 different single malts. You may decide to experience Johnstons of Elgin to learn how Vicuna is used to make cashmere. You may also be intrigued by Elgin Cathedral, “The Lantern of the North” and one of Scotland’s most imposing medieval buildings.
The haunting Battlefield of Culloden offers a Jacobite exhibition, Living History Tour, Graves of the Clans, and Memorial Cairn erected in 1881 by Duncan Forbes of Culloden. You will stand on the field where the last battle fought on British soil took place on April 1746. In less than one hour the battle was over, as were the hopes of the Jacobite cause to restore the House of Stuart to the throne of Great Britain.
Culloden House will be the site of an afternoon tea. In 1625, “Grey” Duncan Forbes purchased the house from the Mackintosh Chief and there began the almost 300-year history of the Forbes Lairds of Culloden. In 1746, Culloden House was commandeered by Jacobite forces under the “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” Charles Edward Stuart, grandson of James II and VII. The estate was pillaged by the Jacobite forces before their devastating defeat in the 1746 Battle of Culloden.
For more information on the 2020 Clan Forbes Tour, see https://www.clan-forbes.org/2020tour