George Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard

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George Arthur Hastings Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard KP (5 August 1833 – 25 August 1889), styled Viscount Forbes from 1836 to 1837, was an Irish peer and soldier.

Background and education[edit]

He was the son of Major-General George Forbes, Viscount Forbes, and his wife, the Viscountess Forbes (née Frances Mary Territt); he succeeded his grandfather as Earl of Granard in 1837. He was educated at Eton.

Military career[edit]

Granard became the lieutenant-colonel commandant of the 9th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and was appointed honorary colonel of the Westmeath Militia on 29 May 1878.[1] He was made a Knight of St Patrick in 1857.

A convert to Roman Catholicism, Granard was President of the British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 1875 until his death, and was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. He was also a member of the Senate of the Royal University of Ireland.[citation needed]


By his first marriage to Jane Colclough Morgan on 2 June 1858, Granard had two daughters:

  • Lady Sophia Maria Elizabeth Forbes (died 7 November 1942), married Sir Henry Grattan-Bellew, 3rd Baronet.
  • Lady Adelaide Jane Frances Forbes (1860 – 18 November 1942), married Lord Maurice FitzGerald.

By his second marriage to the Honourable Frances Mary Petre, daughter of William Petre, 12th Baron Petre, on 4 September 1873, he had eight children:

  • Lady Margaret Mary Theresa Forbes (died 19 May 1965), married Capt. Hon. George Savile, son of John Savile, 4th Earl of Mexborough
  • Bernard Arthur William Patrick Hastings Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard (1874–1948)
  • Hon. Fergus Reginald George Forbes (20 January 1876 – 18 February 1876)
  • Capt. Hon. Reginald George Benedict Forbes (25 June 1877 – 20 May 1908)
  • Lady Eva Mary Margaret Forbes (25 June 1877 – 1968)
  • Col. Hon. Donald Alexander Forbes (3 September 1880 – 2 August 1938), married Mary Doreen Lawson and had issue
  • Lt.-Col. Hon. Bertram Aloysius Forbes (26 May 1882 – 5 August 1960)
  • Capt. Hon. Fergus George Arthur Forbes (26 May 1882 – 23 August 1914), killed in World War I


  1. ^ "No. 24587". The London Gazette. 28 May 1878. p. 3303. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Edward King Tenison
Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim
Succeeded by
The Viscount Southwell
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Forbes
Earl of Granard
Succeeded by
Bernard Forbes