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This interesting surname has two distinct possible origins, one Scottish and the other Gaelic Irish. In the first instance, the name is of territorial origin from the lands of Forbes in Aberdeenshire, so called from the Gaelic "forba", a field or district, plus the local suffix "ais". These lands were granted to Duncan de Forbes, (see below), by Alexander 111 in the latter part of the 13th Century. One, John Forbes or Forbees occurs in an English Rolls of circa 1306, and Alexander Forbes, first Baron Forbes, was created a Lord of parliament by James 11 of Scotland between 1436-1442. Among the several notable namebearers listed in the "Dictionary of National Biography" are William Forbes, (1585-1634) first bishop of Edinburgh, and John Forbes, professor of divinity at King's College, Aberdeen, 1620-1639...

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Catherine Mc Carthy (Forbes)1810 - 1883


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