Birth DateAug 1676
Birth PlaceSkellater, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Chr Date20 Aug 1676
Chr PlaceStrathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
MotherLady Isobel FORBES Of Newe , F (~1655-)
ChildrenJean , F (1698-<1703)
Notes for Nathaniel (Spouse 1)
Extracted Baptism data found at FamilySearch:

"Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," index, FamilySearch ( ), Nathaniel Forbes, 20 Aug 1676; citing STRATHDON,ABERDEEN,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 993299.

Nathaniel Forbes of Ripachie born 28 Aug 1676 (OPR) 2nd lawful son to Geo Forbes of Skelater m 3 July 1701 Jean Forbes eldest lawful daughter to deceased Wm Forbes of New (OPR)

Source: Notes of David Walker, Solihull, England

Forbes, Nathaniel of Ardgeith,
Second son of George Forbes, 3rd of Skellater. Married with many children.

Source: McDonnell, Frances. Jacobites of 1715 and 1745. North East Scotland. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. p. 14.


His [George, 4th of Skellater] younger brother, Nathaniel (variouly described as of Ardgeith, Rippachie, or Dalhandy), was even more actively engaged, as he was with the army under Macintosh of Borlum which marched into England, Nathaniel being one of those taken at Preston and conveyed as a prisoner to London. He, however, escaped from the Marshalsea and made his way to France, apparently himself hiring a small barque to take him over. He had hoped to find the King and Mar still in Paris, but they having removed to Avignon, he was unable to incur the expense of a further journey, and had no wish to become burdensome to the King. In his letters, among the published Stuart Papers, he asks for advice as to what he should do, thinking perhaps that in the event of an Indemnity he might return to Scotland where he has left “a wife and eight young children.”

The Duke of Mar, when writing to Robert Arbuthnot, a banker from Buchan settled in Rouen, who befriended many fugitive Jacobites, said. “I am very glad Forbes is got safe to this side, he is a very pretty fellow, and may one day yet be of use to us. I hope he may fall on some way to support himself till the King’s affairs be in a better way.”

These good wishes were not, however, all that was done for Nathaniel. A few days later, Mar wrote to Dicconson, “I have the King’s orders to write to you that there are some poor officers at Paris come from Scotland and England, in a starving condition, particularly Lt. Col. Forbes, who lost his estate and has a wife and many young children, of whom I hope his friends take care.”

Dicconson replied that he had already had orders from the Queen Mother to provide for Forbes, and in May, Forbes wrote to Patterson that he had received 100 livres from Dicconson but adds, “you know what a little way that will go in this country,” and also laments that “coming as I did” (that is as an escaped prisoner) he was not able to bring any clothes or money with him from Scotland, as other had done, and has serious thoughts of going to Calais or Dunkirk and trying if he could “light on some honest man who would set me benorth Tay, and I would, in spite of the devil, lurk a month and settle my small estate some way on my wife and children (having unwisely done nothing thereof before I came away) and afterwards return here.”

It seems possible that he did this, but in June, 1717, he was back in Paris, as he wrote to Mar from there that “both my brothers” (i.e. George of Skellater and Lachlan of Edinglassie), “are skulking in the hills.” In May he wrote from Holland that he was “wearied of an idle life and of being chargeable to the King, and thought of going to Ireland,: but seems to have drifted back to France.

The last that is known of him is a letter at Windsor, 1731, directed to “Monsieur Waters, banquier à Paris pour faire venir a Monsieur Edgar à Rome.”

“Boulogne Octr 26 1731

“Dear Sir

“I hade the favor of yours of the third instant, wherein you told me that all the Royall familie are in good health; then which nothing in the world can be mor agreeable to me. As also that the King of his great goodness hath been graciouslie pleased to remember me; And to order I shall be put on the Collonels list at St germains Ime Persuaded it will meet with no difficultie, and Ile write soon to Mr Dickinson and lett you know his answer.

I sent over in june last for my wyfe and one of her daughters: And as Bologne by resone of the Vast resort of English smuglars, is become a very dear place I think of goeing ten or twelve miles further into Ye Country. And if the King at any time have occasione for my poor service, if I had a thousand lives and as many fortunes I wold venter all in his majesties service; as it is my dutie, I thank God it was always my Inclinatione, and ye have but to direct for me to Lochells, Mr. Gordons, or Mr Charles Smiths care at Boulogne and it will soon come to my hands, for I assure you I never intended to goe over without the Kings majesties previous Leave

“I wold have wrote you Long er now, but having little or nothing to Say, was Loath to trouble you who has the honor to be always bussie about the King affairs, mean time, and always I am in good truth and sincerlie

Dear Sir
Your most affectionat
& most obedient humble servant
Nathl. Forbes

(Stuart Papers, Windsor.)

Source: Book: The House of Forbes, by Alistair Tayler, Third Spalding Club, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1937. p. 443-4
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