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Background: The Clan Forbes is said to originate from one Ochonochar, who slew a bear and won the Braes of Forbes in Aberdeenshire in the 13th century. Alexander of Forbes, a fierce opponent of the English King Edward I was killed defending Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness. His son died at the Battle of Dupplin in 1332. Alexander Forbes was created a peer by James II in 1445 and married the granddaughter of Robert II. The Forbes of Culloden were descended from Sir John Forbes of Forbes, through t he Forbes of Tolquhoun. Duncan Forbes, Laird of Culloden was Lord President of the Court of Session at the time of the 1745 Rebellion. He used his great influence to oppose the Prince's cause, receiving no thanks from an ungrateful George II. Later he fought hard to ease the cruel reprisals inflicted on the Highlands. The Forbes are famous for building and owning many beautiful castles most notably Craigievar in Aberdeenshire.

Variations: Bannerman, Berery, Berrie, Berry, Boyce, Boyes, Forbes, Fordyce, Lumsden, MacOuat, MacOwat, MacQuattie, MacWatt, Mechie, Mekie, Meldrum, Michie, Middleton, Walter, Walters, Waters, Watson, Watt, Watters, Wattie, Watts.

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