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  • ID: I873
  • Name: Alexander Forbes
  • Suffix: 1st Lord Pitsligo
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 25 OCT 1636 in Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire 1
  • Burial: Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire 1
  • Occupation: Founder of the burgh or parish of Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire
  • Cause: Died suddenly and young 2
  • MEM: Peathill kirk, Rosehearty: Pitsligo pew with initials and arms
  • Note: 2 2 2 3

    Only son.
    Actual title is Lord Forbes of Pitsligo.
    Was ennobled at Edinburgh on Charles?s progress to Scotland in 1633.
    Sir Alexander, who was raised to the peerage to become the first Lord Pitsligo on 24th June, 1633. He was responsible for the creation of Pitsligo Parish in 1630 and the building of the church in 1632. He lived long enough to see the beautiful oak family aisle installed in 1634. This is a masterpiece of Scottish Jacobean wood-carving. Lavishly ornate and thus a work of art, this has become as much a memorial to the local 17th century craftsmen as to the founder of the burgh. Bearing seven heraldic panels adorned with - the family crest; Lord Pitsligo?s initials, and the latter in monogram with that of his wife, Dame Jane Keith. The handsome Dutch carved belfry was erected in 1635 and the laird died in 1636.
    Inherited in 1629. [Why if his father died in in 1625?]
    Died suddenly and young, with his lady, in 1636, and over the next 20 years the estate was controlled on behalf of the infant 2nd Lord by his guardian, Tutor of Pitsligo, Forbes of Boyndlie. It was perhaps no coincidence that the great House of Boyndlie (itself later replaced) was built at this time.
    His and his wife?s funeral was conducted ?with almost medieval pomp, including trumpeters, standard bearers, etc.?Page: From documents at Fettercairn House
  • _UID: 33F4BEA809464FB9A13BFB33ECAB659D870B
  • Change Date: 24 MAR 2010

    Father: John Forbes
    Mother: Christian Ogilvy

    Marriage 1 Jean Keith
    • Married: 1632 2
    1. Has Children Alexander Forbes b: 1635?
    2. Has Children Anne Forbes

    1. Title: Cokayne's Complete Peerage
      Author: George E. Cokayne
      Publication: 1887, 1910-1959, 1984
      Repository: Book
      Repository: Cont. by John Young
      Text: the best source for British gentry and nobility
    2. Text: The House of Pitsligo
      Charles McKean
      Society of Antiquaries, Scotland
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: The House of Forbes
      Publication: Spalding Club
      Date: 1937
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