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The Clan Forbes
War Cry:- “Lonaeh” (A Mountain in Strath Don)
Clan Pipe Music:- March-“Cath Ghlinn Eurainn” (“The Battle of Glen Eurann”); also “The Lonach Highlanders.”
Badge:- Bealaidh (Broom)
The Forbeses and the Mackays of Sutherlandshire are regarded as of common descent, and are known to the “senachies” as “Clann Mhonguinn,” Clan Morgan (see Clan Mackay). The clan took its name from the Aberdeenshire parish of Forbes, and the Morgans were also an Aberdeenshire clan, possibly one and the same with the Forbeses.
John of Forbes, the first upon record, seems to have been a man of importance in the time of William the Lion, and was (says MacFarlane) the father of Fergus, from whom the clan is descended. His name appears in a charter of Alexander, Earl of Buchan, sated 1236. His son Alexander, a man of high valour, lost his life when defending the Castle of Urquhart against Edward I, who, with his unusual barbarity, put the entire garrison to the sword in 1303; but he left a son, also Alexander, who fell at the battle of Dupplin in 1332.
The posthumous son of the latter, Sir John Forbed of that Ilk, was a man of his eminence in the days of Robert II and Robert III. He had four sons by Elizabeth Kennedy of Dunure, and from the three younger sprang the Forbeses of Pitsligo, Culloden, Waterton, and Foveran. By Robert III he was made Justiciary of Aberdeenshire, and died in 1406.
His eldest son, Sir Alexander of that Ilk, joined the Constable Buchan in France at the head of 100 horse and forty pikemen; and after serving with honour in the war against Henry V, was raised to the Peerage by James I as Baron Forbes about 1442. In 1426 he obtained bond of manrent from Ogston of that Ilk, to attend him with three armed horsemen against all mortals, the kind accepted. He married Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Angus by the Princess Margaret, daughter of Robert III, and died in 1448, leaving two sons, James, the Master of Forbes, and John, who became Provost of St. Giles at Edinburgh.
James, second Lord Forbes, married a daughter of the first Earl Marischal, and had three sons: William, the third Lord; Duncan, ancestor of the Forbses of Corsindae and Monymusk; and Patrick, ancestor of the Forbses, Baronets of Craigievar, now Lord Sempill, and also of the Earls of Granard.
Alexander, fourth Lord Forbes, was in arms with his clan to revenge the murder of James III, but after the defeat at Tillymoss he submitted to James IV.
John, sixth Lord, stood high in the favour of James V, from whom he got many charters. He had a feud with the citizens of Aberdeen, who withheld a sort of blackmail- a yearly tun of wine for the fishings of the Don. A fight ensued in 1526 in the streets ; it lasted twenty-four hours, and many were slain. His descendant, Alexander, tenth Lord, was a general under Gustavus Adolphus, and a colonel of Scottish infantry in 1648, and is now represented by Horace, nineteenth Lord Forbes.
The Lords Pitsligo were descended from William, second son of Sir John Forbes of that Ilk, in the time of Robert II. Alexander, fourth Lord, was attainted after Culloden, and, living long secretly in one of his own gate lodges, died in 1762. Three families now claim the title.
The Forbeses, Baronets of Craigievar, a branch of the Old House, sprang from Patrick Forbes of Corse, armour-bearer to James III, and the Stuart-Forbeses of Pitsligo, Baronets, from Duncan of Corsindae, second son James, second Lord Forbes. The Edinglassie Forbeses are also a branch of the parent stock.
The Forbeses of Tolquhoun, a very old branch, acquired that estate in 1420, and were progenitors of the Lairds of Culloden. Sir Alexander Forbes of Tolquhoun commanded a troop of cavalry in the Scots army at Worcestor; and when the King’s horse was shot, mounted him on his own, put his buff coat and a bloody scarf about him, and saw him safe out of the field. The fortunes of this house were probably consumed in the fever of the Darien Scheme (like many other good old Scottish families), in which Alexander Forbes of Tolquhoun appears to have embarked beyond his means, the stock he held having been judicially attached.
Sir William Forbes, eighth Baronet of Craigievar, in 1884 succeeded his kinswomen as Lord Sempill.