Robert Forbes

8 July 1689–
Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The Life of Robert

When Robert Forbes was born on 8 July 1689, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, his father, Sir William Forbes 3rd Bart of Craigievar, was 29 and his mother, Margaret Rose, was 24. He married Sarah Haggertie in 1711, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter.

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Robert Forbes
Sarah Haggertie
Marriage: 1711
Mary Elizebeth Sarah Forbes

Spouse and Children

Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Sir William Forbes 3rd Bart of Craigievar


    Margaret Rose




    Elizabeth Forbes


    John Forbes


    Hugh Forbes


    Margaret Forbes


    Elizabeth Forbes


+12 More Children

World Events (1)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 113

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a place near Aberdeen, so named from Gaelic forba ‘field’, ‘district’ + the locative suffix -ais. The place name is pronounced in two syllables, with the stress on the second, and the surname until recently reflected this. Today, however, it is generally a monosyllable.2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Firbhisigh ‘son of Fearbhisigh ’, a personal name composed of Celtic elements meaning ‘man’ + ‘prosperity’. A family of this name in Connacht was famous for its traditional historians, compilers of the Book of Lecan.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Robert Forbes, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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