William Forbes of Tolquhon’s Cannon
This cast bronze cannon is from Tolquhon Castle near Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire. It is one of four identical cannons probably cast by a local founder for use in the newly-built castle. Two are on display in the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. They bear the arms and initials of William Forbes 7th laird of Tolquhon and the date 1588.
Tolquhon Castle was started by William Forbes in 1584 and finished five years later. One of the castles in the north-east built round a courtyard, it remained habitable until the end of the 19th century. It is now preserved as an historic monument.