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FORBES, Patrick of Corse
(About 1505-After 1562)
LUMSDEN, Marjory of Cushny
(About 1504-)
STRACHAN, John of Thornton, Sir
(About 1514-1587)
LIVINGSTON, Margaret
(About 1520-)
FORBES, William 4th Laird of Corse
(About 1535-1596)
STRACHAN, Elizabeth
(About 1540-)
FORBES, William of Menie and Craigievar, 'Danzig Willie'
(1566-1627)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. UDWARD, Margaret

FORBES, William of Menie and Craigievar, 'Danzig Willie' 1

  • Born: 1566 1
  • Marriage (1): UDWARD, Margaret
  • Died: 1627 1

  General Notes:

William was a merchant from whom descend the Forbes of Craigievar. He was called "Merchant WIllie" of Danzig, and was very successful in the Baltic merchant trade. He purchased Craigievar Castle, in 1606 while it was still under construction by the Mortimers, a Norman-French family who had owned the estate from centuries.

"AQUHORTIES.
Among the changes occurring in the first half of the seventeenth century, was the disappearance of the Mortimers, formerly of Aquhorties, from the roll of landholders, and the transfer of the estates of Craigievar and Fintray, to the family of Forbes still possessing them. In 1610, John Mortimer, and Helen Symers, his spouse, sold Craigievar to Master William Forbes of Meny; and, in 1617, Mr. William Forbes, and William, his eldest son, had Logie Fintray erected into a Barony, comprehending the lands of Logic Fintray and Frosterseat, with the advowsons of the churches of Fintray, Culsalmond, Kincardine O'Neil, Glentanner, Lumphannan, Cluuy, Midrnar, and Auchtercoull... John Mortimer of Craigievar was buried at Aberdeen, in July, 1615, and James Mortimer sometime of Craigievar, in September, 1631. The Mortimers had been partially alienating Aquhorties before 1616. In 1588, Thomas Dempster appears possessing the shadow-half. In 1607, James Johnston, rector of Monymusk, executed at Caskieben, a charter to his second son James of a solar third of Aquhorties, confirmed by James Mortimer, fiar of Craigievar, and in 1611, Thomas Dempster of Aquhorties appears witness to a sasine on a solar plough of Fetternear, belonging to George Leslie of Kincraigie. Later in the century, William Robertson of Aquhorties lived in Inverurie, from 1638 to 1646, and in 1663, Major Thomas Forbes of Aquhorties. Patrick Leslie of Kincraigie resigned Aquhorties in 1688, to Patrick Leslie of Balquhain." 2

  Research Notes:

CRAIGIEVAR

"Among the changes occurring in the first half of the seventeenth century, was the disappearance of the Mortimers, formerly of Aquhorties, from the roll of landholders, and the transfer of the estates of Craigievar and Fintray, to the family of Forbes still possessing them. In 1610, John Mortimer, and Helen Symers, his spouse, sold Craigievar to Master William Forbes of Meny; and, in 1617, Mr. William Forbes, and William, his eldest son, had Logie Fintray erected into a Barony, comprehending the lands of Logic Fintray and Frosterseat, with the advowsons of the churches of Fintray, Culsalmond, Kincardine O'Neil, Glentanner, Lumphannan, Cluuy, Midrnar, and Auchtercoull. The right of presentation to most of these churches remained in the Craigievar Forbes family until the abolition of patronage in 1875."

from Inverurie and The Earldom of The Garioch

"Craigievar Castle, 26 miles west of Aberdeen, a six-storied Scottish baronial castle, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, is one of very few that is unaltered since it was completed - in 1626. The Mortimer family began it in the late sixteenth century and then sold (see extract above) the estate to William Forbes, a Baltic merchant who rejoiced in the nickname of 'Danzig Willie'. He and his architect produced a romantic array of turrets, towers and gables sprouting out of high smooth walls, so that one could almost swear to having seen an imprisoned maiden flutter her kerchief to a passing knight. Inside there is wonderful plaster-work and paintings by Raeburn. If possible choose a bright day - there's no artificial light.
Reflections on Scotland by Ian Wallace pub.1988 ]"

quoted in http://www.clanmacfarlanegenealogy.info/genealogy 1 2


William married Margaret UDWARD, daughter of Nicol UDWARD Provost of Edinburgh and Unknown. (Margaret UDWARD was born about 1590.)


Sources


1 Internet Site, http://www.clanmacfarlanegenealogy.info/genealogy.

2 e-books, Inverurie and the Earldom of the Garioch by John Davidson (1878).


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