Forbes  Aberdeenshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Forbes like this:

Forbes, a hamlet and an ancient parish in Aberdeenshire. The hamlet lies on the left bank of the river Don, at the Bridge of Alford, 1¾ mile WNW of Alford village, and has a good inn, the Forbes Arms, and a post office under Aberdeen. The parish was annexed in 1722 to Kearn, from which it is separated by a range of hills; and has, since 1808, been united to Tullynessle. It has belonged, from the 13th century, to the noble family of Forbes of Castle Forbes.—Ord. Sur., sh. 76, 1874.

The location is that of Bridge of Alford, as Groome says that the hamlet "has a good inn, the Forbes Arms", and that inn is still there and in Bridge of Alford; the location also matches Groome's description.

Forbes through time

Forbes is now part of Aberdeenshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Aberdeenshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Forbes itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Forbes in Aberdeenshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 02nd December 2021

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