George Forbes grave monument in St John interior monuments, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

George Forbes grave monument: legible names and details

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George Forbes nee MacKenzie
67 first name on monumentYoungest son. A respected banker in Edinburgh. Lived at West Coates House 1832-50. Took a prominent interest in the building of St. John's and was a Vestryman from 1824-57. He was a member of the Committee for the monument to Sir Walter Scott in Princes Street. To an accomplished mind; and dignified presence; combined with much affability of manner; he united great benevolence of disposition. Married on 8th February 1819; to his cousin. They were the parents of 9 sons and 2 daughters. George died 26th September at Moniack Castle just outside Inverness. Interred in north west corner of top section of East Burial Ground. Window erected in 1858 by widow and family.
Charles Hay Forbes
53 brother of George ForbesThird son. Became a banker in Edinburgh 1830-38; then in Glasgow 1838-44. Returned to Edinburgh 1844-46. Lived in Rugby; Warwickshire; 1848-53. Returned again to Edinburgh in 1853 and purchased Canaan Park; off the Grange Loan (now part of Atlie Ainslie Hospital.) Married 5th July 1833 to his cousin; 3rd daughter of the 15th chief of Glengarry. Her uncle; Col. James MacDonnell; was famous for his exploit in closing the gates at the farmhouse at Hougoument; when the French had almost burst into the yard; at the Battle of Waterloo; in 1815. They were the parents of 4 sons and 5 daughters. The eldest son inherited his uncle's baronetcy whilst living in New Zealand; where his descendants still live. Charles died 5th November; at Canaan Park and is interred in South Burial Ground. Window was erected to the memory of Charles by his wife and seven surviving children in July 1860
Sir William Forbes
53 brother of George ForbesEldest son; 7th Baronet. Famous banker in Edinburgh from 1795 until his death. The family bank; of Sir William Forbes and Co. did much to provide loans and in securing capital for much of the building of Edinburgh New Town. A friend of Sir. Walter Scott; and was nominated chairman of the Trustees of the creditors when Sir Walter faced financial ruin in 1826. He was one of the seven original Trustees of St John's; entrusted with the task of purchasing the ground and raising the capital to build the church. In fact he was the largest shareholder. Married 19th January 1797; . She was Sir Walter's first love. They were the parents of 4 sons and 2 daughters. William died 24th October at Colinton and is interred with his wife in Greyfriars. GPR. Grave ref no. 138317
Colin MacKenzie
60 brother-in-law of George ForbesOf Portmore. Third and eldest son. Entered the legal profession and was a principal clerk of Session 1804-28. Deputy Keeper of the Signet 1820-8. A friend of Sir Walter Scott. One of the seven original Trustees of the church; entrusted with the task of purchasing the grounds and raising the capital to build the church. Married 13th May 1803. They were the parents of 9 sons and 6 daughters. Colin died on 16th September; 1830. He and his wife are both interred in Greyfriars churchyard in an enclosure on South Wall. GPR grave ref. 138309
Sir William Forbes
father of George ForbesOf Pitsligio. 6th Baronet
Alexander MacKenzie WS
father of George ForbesFirst purchased Portmore House and estate near Eddiestone;
Sir John Hay
father-in-law of George Forbes5th baronet of Haystoun
Alexander MacKenzie WS
father-in-law of George ForbesFirst purchased Portmore House and estate near Eddiestone;
Maj Gen ??? Mayne OB
husband of George Forbes
William Forbes MacKenzie
nephew of George ForbesErected to the memory of Colin by his eldest surviving son; (responsible for the “Forbes'MacKenzie Act” of 182; recruitment public houses in Scotland) between November 1859 and May 1960.
Elizabeth MacKenzies nee Forbes
1770sister of George Forbes
Williamina Wishart Forbes nee Belsches
1775sister-in-law of George Forbes
Jemima Rebecca Forbes nee Macdonnell
911806sister-in-law of George ForbesInterred in South Burial Ground.
Mary Forbes nee Hay
1792wife of George ForbesDied in March; at Keswick in the Lake District. Interred in north west corner of top section of East Burial Ground.


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