NameJohn de FORBES Governor Of Castle Urquhart , M
Birth Dateabt 1275
Birth PlaceForbes, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Date1303
Death PlaceCastle Urquhart, Scotland
Death MemoConquest by King Edward I of England, “Longshanks”
MotherLady De Forbes , F
Spouses
ChildrenChristin / Christian , M (~1304-1332)
Notes for John de FORBES Governor Of Castle Urquhart
John Forbes or Forbes, whose name occurs in an English roll dated about 1306, containing a list of demands made by English and Scottish partisans of King Edward I for lands which, being forfeited by Scotsmen, they desired to be divided among themselves. The land of John Forbes, or Forbees were coveted both by Robert Chival and by William Comyn, but their locality is not stated.

No other reference to this John Forbes had been found, unless he is identical with the John de Fernboys who did homage to Edward I on 13 March 1295-96, but whose name does not again occur.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 43
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John de Forbes
whose lands were forfeited after the conquest of Scotland by the English in 1303, was probably son of the last - and Governor of the Castle of Urquhart. Reference to the forfeiture of John Forbes’ lands is made in 1306 when competing claims were made for them by Ribert chival and William Comyn brother to Sir John Comyn

That he was Governor of the Castle of Urquhart rests on the tradition given by Boece, who states that after a brave resistance against King Edward, the castle was taken by storm and the inmates put to the sword, except the wife of Alexander Bois, the Governor, who escaped, and that she was delivered of a posthumous son of whom the Forbes are descended.

As to the origin of the name this account is at variance with fact, but if the story is otherwise correct the probability is that John de Forbes was the Govenor and Sir Christian who appears to have distinguished himself under King Robert, the son by whom the line of the family was preserved.

Source: MEMORIALS OF THE FAMILY OF FORBES OF FORBESFIELD ... by Alexander Forbes, Aberdeen, 1902, p. 1-2.
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The next mention is a John Forbes, whose name dates from a 1306 roll containing a list of demands by English and Scottish loyalists to Edward I of England for the forfeited lands of Scotsmen, the lands of John Forbes being demanded or requested by both a William Comyn and a Robert Chival. The next name may be that of his son, Christian, who received a grant of one-third of the lands of Skeith and Ardach by King Robert the Bruce in 1326, but doubt still remains he was a Forbes of of this family, even though in the charter he is named Christian Forbes.

Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Forbes
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