John Forbes 4th of Pitsligo

about 1486–16 May 1556 (Age 70)
Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The Life of John

John Forbes 4th of Pitsligo was born about 1486, in Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as the son of Alexander Forbes. He married Lady Jean De Keith about 1507, in Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 16 May 1556, in his hometown, at the age of 70.

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John Forbes 4th of Pitsligo
Lady Jean De Keith
Marriage: about 1507
Arthur Forbes
Alexander Forbes
Christian Forbes
Margaret Forbes
John Forbes
Marjory Forbes
William Forbes

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about 1507
Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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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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