Birth Dateabt 1669
Birth PlaceSkellater, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Birth MemoFourth Laird of Skellater
Death Date12 May 1731
Death PlaceSkellater, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Burial DateMay 1731
Burial PlaceStrathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
MotherMiss FARQUHARSON Of Allargue , F (~1640-~1675)
ChildrenDiana , F (1697-)
 William , M (1699-)
 Margarit , F (1700-)
Notes for George (Spouse 1)
Forbes, George, 4th of Skellater
Eldest son of George Forbes, 3rd of Skellater. Married twice, first in 1714 to Christian, daughter of John Forbes of Inverernan and secondly, Isobel, daughter of John Gordon of Blelack. He died in 1730 and was succeeded by his son, George. ®172

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

“George, 3rd of Skellater ... died in 1716. ... His son, George, 4th of Skellater, who married (1) Christian, daughter of "Black Jock" (his own first cousin), and (2) Isobel Gordon of Blelack, 03 May 1703 (page 40), was also "out," [in the Jacobite uprising of 1715]. His grandson, George, 5th of Skellater, who was about 17 in 1715 , was "out" in the '45.” ®172


The most remarkable member of this family was George, the 4th Laird, who, in 1715, was still “younger of Skellater,” as his father only died, an old man, in 1716. George was, from the beginning of the [Jacobite] rising, one of the most enthusiastic of the Abereenshire Jacobites, and in October, 1715, Major Fraser who, with Lord Lovat and John Forbes of Culloden, had be intending to proceed in the Hanoverian interest from Fraserburgh to Inverness by way of Banff, was deterred from so doing because, as Fraser says, they heard that “Forbes of Skellater was at Banff collecting taxes for the King, meaning the Pretender and we thought it not convenient to travel that way for fear of scratched crowns.” In December of the same year Skellater and his cousin of Invernettie were again very active in the neighbourhood of Keith.

It is not know whether George Forbes was at Sheriffmuir or not, but for long after the failure of the rising he was in hiding in his native land, as his brother Nathaniel told Mar.

Both his wives came of Jacobite stock Christian, the first, was the daughter of his uncle, Black Jock of inverernan (Mar’s Bailie in Kildrummy), who died in Carlisle, and the second was Isobel Gordon of Blelack, whose nephew, Charles was one of the prisoners of the Forty-five.

George Forbes did not lose his estates, and died at home about 1730.
Obituary notes for George (Spouse 1)
Aberdeen, Scotland, Register of Testament, 1715 - 1800, Commissariot of Aberdeen.

Forbes, George of Kellater, 12 May 1731, p. 21.
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