Clan Forbes Society

Clan Forbes Society, Inc., is a charitable, cultural and educational organization dedicated to helping and encouraging all those with lineage from the Scottish House of Forbes to connect with their Scottish roots by assisting with genealogical and historical research, promoting education of Scottish culture, and creating of a sense of community among the descendants of the Scottish Clan Forbes and its adherents.

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Clan Forbes Society

Clan Forbes Society, Inc., is a charitable, cultural and educational organization dedicated to helping and encouraging all those with lineage from the Scottish House of Forbes to connect with their Scottish roots by assisting with genealogical and historical research, promoting education of Scottish culture, and creating of a sense of community among the descendants of the Scottish Clan Forbes and its adherents.

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Wednesday Nov 09, 2022

Lord Forbes of Pitsligo was a key figure in the Jacobite attempts to overthrow the British government in 1745.  Alexander Forbes - 4th Lord Pitsligo Vanishing Laird Lord Pitsligo Jacobite Letters to Lord Pitsligo

Monday Nov 07, 2022

The bloody feud between Forbes and Gordon was one of Scotland’s most public and enduring. The rivalry began in the 12th and 13th centuries with competing loyalties, was exacerbared by grabs for land and power in the 14th and 15th centuries, flared with murders and battles on both sides, and was barely mitigated by intermarriage and Acts of Parliament.   Learn more here.

Saturday Nov 05, 2022

The House of Forbes first met the Lindsays on the battlefield at Arbroath in  1446 when the Lindsays slew Sir William Forbes, 1st Lord Pitsligo. The Forbeses and their allies eventually beat the Lindsays at the 1452 Battle of Brechin.

Saturday Nov 05, 2022

The feud between Clan Forbes and Clan Leslie started in 1400 with a Leslie stealing and marrying the fiancée of a Forbes – and ended with a Forbes purchasing the Barony of Leslie, thus becoming Forbes of Leslie.   Learn more here.

Saturday Nov 05, 2022

At the age of about 12, William accompanied his father to the 1452 Battle of Brechin. With forces under the command of Alexander Seton, Earl of Huntly, they defeated the rebel army of Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford. His behavior during the battle was certainly noted by the Earl of Huntley, who later approved William’s marriage to his daughter Christian Gordon.Learn more here. 

Thursday Nov 03, 2022

James Forbes, 2nd Lord Forbes, (circa 1424 - 1462) benefitted greatly from his father’s great fortune, land, and influence. As the son of Elizabeth, daughter of George Douglas, Earl of Angus, and granddaughter of Robert III by his daughter Mary, he was first cousin once removed to King James II. He added to that heritage in his own right. Learn more here: https://www.clan-forbes.org/post/second-lord-forbes

Thursday Nov 03, 2022

The 1411 Battle of Harlaw was the making of the House of Forbes. Alexander Forbes, son of Sir John of the Black Lip, so distinguished himself that his commander the Earl of Mar, rewarded him with vast estates; he was awarded the title of the first Lord Forbes; and he was able to marry Elizabeth, granddaughter of Robert III. Learn more here: https://www.clan-forbes.org/post/first-lord-forbes

Thursday Nov 03, 2022

The history of the House of Forbes is the history of Scotland itself. From ancient times to the present, the family has had an outsized impact on the events, politics, and culture that has shaped Scotland. Learn about the ancestry of this Gaelic clan and the derivation of the surname "Forbes." Learn more here: https://www.clan-forbes.org/origins

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