The Forbs family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan
of ancient Scotland
. The Forbs family lived in the lands of Forbes on Aberdeenshire
where the family's history dates back before 1000 AD
Early Origins of the Forbs family
The surname Forbs was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, at Pitscottie from 1168, which was later named "the Braes of Forbes." Legend has it that the founder of the Clan
, Oconochar, slew a bear in order to take up residence there. One of the first records of the name from this region was Duncan de Forbeys who received a grant of lands c. 1272 from King Alexander III. Later, John de Fernboys was listed as rendering allegiance to King Edward I
in 1296. It was also found that a William of Forbace was canon of Aberdeen in 1464
Early History of the Forbs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forbs research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1581, 1626, 1380, 1448, 1611, 1680, 1644, 1704, 1685, 1747, 1629, 1712, 1590, 1632, 1623, 1696, 1671 and are included under the topic Early Forbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forbs Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Forbs include Forbes, Forbose, Forbess, Forbeis (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Forbs family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Alexander de Forbes, (c.
1380-1448) 1st Lord Forbes, progenitor of the lordship; Patrick Forbes (1611?-1680), Scottish bishop of Caithness; and Duncan Forbes (1644-1704), a Scottish... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forbs family to Ireland
Some of the Forbs family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forbs family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Forbs: Alexander Forbes (c.1755-1848) who after serving in the 38th Regiment, settled in Shelburne N.S. and was granted land; Alexander Forbes (c.1793-1830) who served in the North Carolina Highlanders and later settled in Kingston, Ontario.