Clan Forrester

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Clan Forrester
Crest: A hound's head erased Proper collared Gules
Motto Blaw, Hunter, Blaw Thy Horn
Region Lowlands
District Lothian
Animal Hound
Armigerous Clan
The Chief of Clan Forrester
Historic seat Corstorphine Castle,
Torwood Castle

Clan Forrester is an ancient Scottish kindred that originated in the Scottish Lowlands. The clan took their name from their ancient role as guardians of the royal forest around Edinburgh. The Forresters had significant holdings in Lothian, and Stirlingshire.

The clan held significant power during the reign of Robert III when their Chief was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland with many subsequent Chief's filling the same roll as well as Chamberlain of Scotland on numerous occasions. The head of House Forrester garnered numerous titles, such as the Barony of Liberton and Barony of Corstorphine at the grateful confirmation of James I. The clan no longer has a Chief recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and is, therefore, considered an armigerous clan with no position under Scots law.

The original caput of the clan was Corstorphine Castle in Lothian which no longer stands. Another Forrester castle at Torwood Castle is in a ruinous state with Forrester clansmen attempting to restore the building.



It is believed that the Clan Forrester is of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon origin. The founder of the clan is believed to be a man called Marnin Forrester who held lands in Dunipace, Stirlingshire in about 1200.

Sir Adam Forrester is the first confirmed Forrester from contemporary evidence and is also regarded as the first confirmed founder of the Clan Forrester. He was an ambassador, merchant, Provost of Edinburgh, Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland and Deputy Chamberlain of Scotland to . In 1376 he acquired the estate of Corstorphine in Midlothian where Corstorphine Castle once stood.

Wars of Scottish Independence[edit]

During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan Forrester supported King Robert the Bruce of Scotland and fought against the English at the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333. A daughter of the chief of Clan Forrester married Robert de Munro of Foulis, chief of the Clan Munro.

15th century & clan conflicts[edit]

Sir Adam's son, Sir John Forrester also became Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, Chamberlain of Scotland and Keeper of the Household to King James I of Scotland Together they fought in support of the King at the Battle of Humbleton Hill in 1402. The Clan Forrester also fought at the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488.

16th century & Anglo-Scottish Wars[edit]

In the 16th century during the Anglo-Scottish Wars the Clan Forrester led by the leader of a cadet branch Sir John Forrester of Niddry fought against the English at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513 where he was slain. The Clan also fought against the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547 where the seventh chief. Sir James Forrester was there slain. The Clan Forrester also fought at the Battle of Langside in 1568 and the Battle of Ivry in 1590.

17th century & Civil War[edit]

The tenth chief Sir George Forrester was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia and raised to Lord Forrester of Corstophine in 1633. On his death the title became dormant and still awits to be claimed.

James and William Baille, the sons in law of the first Lord Forrester assumed the name and arms of Forrester and inherited the title under a regrant of the peerage of Scotland.

During the Civil War the Clan Forrester supported the Royalist cause. As a result James, chief of Clan Forrester was fined heavily by Oliver Cromwell and the estates became burdened with debts. James was murderrd by his mistress, Mrs Christian Nimmo, when his brother who was mad, inherited the title.

18th century, Wars of Spanish Succession & Jacobite Uprisings[edit]

War of the Spanish Succession[edit]

At the beginning of the 18th century the Clan Forrester fought for the British Government during the War of the Spanish Succession. The chief who was the fifth Lord Forrester was Colonel George Forrester of the Grenadier Guards and Life Guards. The Clan Forrester fought against the French at the Battle of Oudenarde in 1708 and the Battle of Malplaquet in 1709.

Jacobite Uprisings=[edit]

During the Jacobite Uprisings of the 18th century the Clan Forrester supported the British Government. The Clan Forrester fought and helped defeat the Jacobites at the Battle of Preston in 1715.

American War of Independence[edit]

In 1776 William Forrester was an infantry man in the British Army as part of the force sent to regain control of the Thirteen Colonies. After the war had ended, William Forrester was declared AWOL by the British Army and he settled in the newly formed United States of America. William's son John Forrester would go on to found the first Protestant church in Oneida.[1]

₳==Castles and seats==

Castles and seats of the Clan Forrester have included Corstorphine Castle and Torwood Castle.


  • Motto: Blaw, hunter, Blaw Thy Horn.
  • Crest: A hound's head erased Proper collared Gules.
  • Patron: Earl of Veralum, 16th Lord Forrester of Corstorphine.
  • Arms: Argent, three bugle horns Sable, garnished Vert and stringed Gules.
  • Supporters: Dexter, a ratchhound Proper, colared Gules; sinister a ratchhound Proper, collared Gules.[1]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ William Forrester and Descendents, Independent Publication, materials collected and organized by Lena Belle Forester and George Forester.