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Alexander de Forbes , 1st Lord Forbes (c. 1380-1448), also feudal baron of Forbes, was a Scottish peer.

He was the eldest son of Sir Alexander de Forbes (d. 1405), Justiciary of Aberdeen, and Coroner of that county, by his wife, a daughter of Kennedy of Dunure.

Alexander de Forbes fought at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, and appears among the Scottish forces sent to the assistance of Charles, Dauphin of France, afterwards King Charles VII, and had a share in the victory obtained over the English at Beaugé, in Anjou, on March 22, 1424. But soon after, at the desire of King James I of Scotland, then a prisoner in England, Forbes quit the French service and subsequently obtained three Safe-conducts at different times to visit England, with one hundred persons in his retinue each time, to wait upon his sovereign, James Ist.

He was created a Lord of Parliament sometime after 1436. The precise date of the peerage creation is not known (although Brown gives 1440), but in a Precept, dated July 12, 1442, he is already styled Lord Forbes.

The first Lord Forbes married Lady Elizabeth (or Mary), only daughter of George Douglas, Earl of Angus, a granddaughter of King Robert II of Scotland, by whom he had two sons and three daughters. He was succeeded by his eldest son:

  • James Forbes, 2nd Lord Forbes, (d. c1460).
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
New Creation
Lord Forbes
c. 1444–1448
Succeeded by
James Forbes


  • Brown, Peter, (publisher), The Peerage of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1834, p.170.
  • Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.iv, p.228.
  • Kidd, Charles, & Williamson, David (editors), Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, New York, St Martin's Press, 1990.


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