Lord Forbes

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Coat of Arms of the Lord Forbes[1]

Lord Forbes is the senior Lordship of Parliament in the Peerage of Scotland. The title was created sometime after 1436 for Alexander de Forbes, feudal baron of Forbes. The precise date of the creation is not known, but in a Precept dated July 12, 1442, he is already styled Lord Forbes. Brown's 1834 Peerage of Scotland gives a creation year of 1440. The first Lord's great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson, the twelfth Lord, served as Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. His great-grandson, the seventeenth Lord, was a General in the Army and sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1806 to 1843. His son, the eighteenth Lord, fought at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

He was succeeded by his son, the nineteenth Lord. He was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1874 to 1906. His nephew, the twenty-first Lord, served as a Scottish Representative Peer between 1917 and 1924. The latter's son, the twenty-second Lord, sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1955 to 1963, when all Scottish peers were given an automatic seat in the House of Lords, and served in the Conservative administration of Harold Macmillan as Minister of State for Scotland from 1958 to 1959. As of 2013 the title is held by his son, the twenty-third Lord Forbes, who succeeded in 2013. Lord Forbes is Chief of Clan Forbes.

Hon. Patrick Forbes, third son of the second Lord Forbes, was the ancestor of both the Earls of Granard and the Forbes baronets of Craigievar. Also, the Lords Forbes of Pitsligo were descended from Sir William Forbes, brother of Alexander Forbes, 1st Lord Forbes.

The family seat is Forbes Castle, near Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Lords Forbes (c. 1444)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Hon. Neil Malcolm Ross Forbes, Master of Forbes (b. 1970).
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son, Geordie Malcolm Andrew Forbes (b. 2010).


See also[edit]


  • Brown, Peter, (publisher), The Peerage of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1834, p. 170.
  • Anderson, William, 'The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.iv, p. 228.
  • Kidd, Charles, & Williamson, David (editors), Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, New York, St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page

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