'Forbes01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Forbes of Forbes, Forbes of Pitsligo, Forbes of Tolquhoun

As with many other families, there are reports of earlier generations for this family but those before the 13th century are clouded by uncertainties and myth. TSP (Forbes) refers to mention of O'Connor or Ochonochor (a temp Malcolm Canmore who r. 1058-1093) whose 3 sons were progenitors of the Forbeses, the Urquharts and the Mackays. TSP (Mackay, Lord Reay) also mentions that the Mackays are believed to share a common ancestry with the Forbeses. We hope to show the connection in due course, purely 'for fun' of course.
Duncan de Forbes (a 1272)
1. John de Forbes (d c1305)
  m. ?? (possibly a dau of John del Ard)
  A. John de Forbes of that ilk (b c1306)
  i. John de Forbes of that ilk, Sheriff of Aberdeen (d by 08.1387)
  a. Sir John Forbes of that ilk
  m. Elizabeth (or Margaret) Kennedy (dau of _ Kennedy of Dunure)
  (1) Alexander Forbes, 1st Lord (b c1380, d 1448)
m. (6/16.10.1423) Elizabeth Douglas (dau of William Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus)
  (A) James Forbes, 2nd Lord (d c1461)
  m. Egidia Keith (a 08.1473, dau of William Keith, 1st Earl Marischal)
  (i) William Forbes, 3rd Lord (d before 05.07.1483)
  m. (c08.07.1468) Christian Gordon (dau of Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Huntly)
  (a) Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord (dsp before 06.05.1491)
  m. Margaret Boyd (dau of Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran)
  (b) Arthur Forbes, 5th Lord (dsp 1493)
  m. Agnes Lyon (dau of 3rd Lord Glamis)
  (c) John Forbes, 6th Lord (d 1547)
  m1. Catherine Stewart (dau of Sir John Stewart of Balveny, 1st Earl of Atholl)
  ((1)) James Forbes (d young)
((2)) Elizabeth Forbes
  m. James Grant, 3rd of Freuchie (d 26.08.1553)
  m2. (by 26.02.1509/10) Christian Lundin (dau of John Lundin of that ilk)
  ((3)) John Forbes, Master of Forbes (dsp 17.07.1537)
  m. (c 27.06.1535) Elizabeth Lyon (dau of John Lyon, 6th Lord of Glamis)
  ((4)) William Forbes, 7th Lord (d 1593)
  m. (19.12.1538) Elizabeth Keith (dau of Sir William Keith of Inverugie)
  ((5)) Margaret Forbes
  m. (before 21.07.1519) Andrew Fraser of Muchalls, Stoneywood and Kinmundy (d 08.1549)
((6)) Elizabeth Forbes (a 20.11.1554)
  m1. Gilbert Keith of Troup (d 12.1537)
  m2. (before 1541) Alexander Innes, 14th of that ilk (b 1507, d 09.1553)
  m3. (c1554) Alexander Dunbar of Conzie and Kilbuyack (d 27.02.1578/9)
  ((7)) Marjory Forbes
  m1. Alexander Forbes of Brux
  ((A)) Janet Forbes probably of this generation
  m. William Strachan of Glenkindie (b c1525, d 1609)
  m2. Alexander Burnet of Leys (a 1567)
  m3. (by 29.07.1515) Elizabeth Berlay or Barlow (d 1518, widow of Lord Elphinstone)
  ((8)) Arthur Forbes of Putachie (d Tillieangus 10.1571)
  m. Elizabeth Innes (dau of Alexander Innes, 13th of that ilk)
  ((9)) Janet Forbes (a 20.11.1554)
  m1. (1542) John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Atholl (d c11.1542)
  m2. Alexander Hay of Delgaty (dsp 1546)
m3. William Leslie, 9th of Balquhain (d 1571)
  partner unknown
  ((10)) Annabella Forbes
  m. Matthew Lumsden of Tullicarn
  (d) Christian Forbes --
  m. William Ruthven, 1st Lord (d 1528) --
  (ii) Duncan Forbes of Corsindae
  m. Christian Mercer (dau of Robert Mercer of Balleif, Provost of St. Johnstone)
  (iii) Patrick Forbes of Corse (a 1482)
  (iv) Margaret (or Egidia) Forbes --
m. Malcolm Forbes, 4th of Tolquhoun (d c1508) @@ below --
  (v) Agnes Forbes possibly a generation later
  m. Alexander Skene, 9th of Skene (b c1481, d 1507)
  (B) William Forbes, Provost of St. Giles
  (C) Annabella Forbes --
  m. (1445) Patrick, Master of Gray (dvp by 01.09.1464) --
  (D) Margaret Forbes
  m. _ Meldrum of Fyvie
  (E) Elizabeth Forbes --
  m. Alexander Irvine, 5th of Drum (d 12.1493) --
  (F) Susanna Forbes
  m. William Urquart of Cromarty (b c1395, d 1472)
partner unknown
  (G) Richard Forbes, Archdeacon of Ross
  (2) Sir William Forbes of Kinaldie, 1st of Pitsligo (d 13/23.01.1445-6)
  m. (24.07.1423) Agnes Fraser (dau of Sir William Fraser of Cowie, 2nd of Philorth
  (A) Sir Alexander Forbes, 2nd of Pitsligo (d 03.1477)
TSP identifies his eldest son as William who dvp. BE1883 identifies his eldest son as Alexander who succeeded. They agree on his grandsons. We follow BE1883 as that is supported by TSP (Airlie) on the cross-reference from the son's spouse.
  m. Maria Hay (dau of Sir William Hay, 1st Earl of Erroll)
  (i) Sir Alexander Forbes, 3rd of Pitsligo --
  m. (1466/1486) Christian (or Mariota) Ogilvy (dau of Sir John Ogilvy of Lintrathen) --
  (ii) George Forbes ancestor of Forbeses of Lethenty
  (iii) Sir Arthur Forbes, 1st of Rires --
  m. Elizabeth Wemyss (dau of Michael Wemyss) --
  (iv) daughter
  m. John Gordon of Botary
  (v) Isabel Forbes
  m. William Urquhart, Sheriff of Cromarty
  (vi) daughter
  m. Alexander Tulloch of Montcoffer
  (vii) daughter
  m. ?? Mowat of Balquholly
  (viii) Elizabeth Forbes
  m. Gilbert de Johnston of Caskieben
  (B) Malcolm Forbes of Meikle Wardis
  (C) Arthur Forbes
m. (before 12.10.1463) Beatrix Douglas (dau of James Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas)
  (D) daughter
  m. James Menzies of Lashgoun
  (3) Sir John Forbes, 1st of Tolquhoun
m. Marjorie Preston (dau of Sir Henry Preston of Formartin)
  (A) Sir John Forbes, 2nd of Tolquhoun
  m. Anne Stratan (dau of _ Straton of Lawreston)
  (i) Alexander Forbes, 3rd of Tolquhoun (d by 1487)
  m. Jane Hay (dau of ?? Hay of Dalgetty)
  (a) Malcolm Forbes, 4th of Tolquhoun (d c1508)
  m. Margaret Forbes (dau of James Forbes, 2nd Lord) @@ above
  ((1)) William Forbes, 5th of Tolquhoun
  m1. dau of Leith, Laird of Baines
  ((A)) John Forbes (dvpsp)
  m. Janet Cheyne (dau of Sir Patrick Cheyne, 6th of Essilmont)
  ((B)) Alexander Forbes, 6th of Tolquhoun (d Pinkie 10.09.1547) --
  m. Elison Anderson (dau of Provost of Edinburgh) --
  ((C)) daughter
  m. _ Burnet of Glask
  ((D)) daughter
  m. Andrew Dortis in Aberdeen
((E)) daughter
  m1. John Lamb in Aberdeen
  m2. Thomas Davidson
  m2. (1522) Isabel Hay (dau of William Hay, 4th Earl of Erroll)
  ((F))+ other issue - Arthur, Isobel
  ((2)) daughter
  m. Alexander Chein of Arnage
  ((3))+ other issue - Thomas, James
  (ii)+ other issue - David of Essie, Henry of Logie
  (B)+ other issue - Duncan of Ardgeighton, David
  (4) Alaster 'Cam' Forbes, 1st of Brux (d c1466)
  m. (c1409) Katherine Cameron (dau of Sir Ewen Cameron of Brux)
  partner(s) unknown
  (5) Duncan Forbes ancestor of the Forbeses of Auchintoul
  (6) Malcolm Forbes ancestor of the Forbeses of Culquharry
  (7) John Forbes

Main source(s):
(1) Forbes of Forbes : TSP (Forbes), BP1934 (Forbes)
(2) Forbes of Pitsligo : TSP (Forbes of Pitsligo), BE1883 (Forbes of Pitsligo)
(3) Forbes of Toquhoun : BLG1850 (Forbes of Toquhoun)
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