The Clan Forbes
The Clan Forbes Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to honor the
heritage of the descendants of the ancient Clan Forbes of Scotland. The Society
is not affiliated with any other group and is devoted exclusively to the interests
of its members. The Society has received the encouragement of Lord Forbes,
hereditary Chief of clan Forbes. It is also recognized as a tax exempt
organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Society's efforts are directed toward historic, educational and patriotic
activities related to Clan Forbes and its Scottish foundations. We strive to
share the common interests of kinship as well as collect and preserve the
records and artifacts of Forbes Clansmen. it is our aim to honor our Clan
Forbes origins and inspire among our members and their families the pride and
spirit of our Scottish ancestors.
While we welcome the comradeship of all who have a Scottish heart, applications
for active membership are accepted only from descendants of a Scottish Forbes
ancestor. Both male and female applicants are equally welcome as active
members and each membership is considered as a family group. The Society may
also proffer honorary memberships to individuals who have been of exceptional
service to Clan Forbes or the Society. A membership application is contained
in [the] brochure.
The great Scottish contributions to America are well known. Scotland has given
us presidents, clerics, generals and amirals, artists, law-givers, industrialists,
and doctors -- and the staunch spirit we value so highly. Each year, throughoutthe land, grand pageants and gatherins are held in tribute to this great heritage
which preserves the customs and traditions of our common home land. As the
recognized focal point for Forbeses everywhere, the Clan Forbes Society is an
active participant in this proud spirit.
The Society serves as a sponsor of Highland Games and joins with other great
Clans in these magnificent events. Here our kinsmen from around the world meet
to share in the rare beauty of bagpipes, dancing and the extraordinary
Scottish athletics. The Society also calls a special gathering each year to
cement the kinship of all Forbeses.
The Clan Forbes Society is a repository of the genealogical records provided by
its members. These records show generation upon generation of the many lines and
kinship of this great Clan.
In addition, the Society is striving to become the library for books and documents
pertaining to Clan Forbes and its history. The Society is gathering and
preserving much valuable information of current interest and historical value.
The Clan Forbes Society hopes that all Forbeses will seek to join in this
continuous celebration of a great heritage and its traditions.
Classes of Membership
ACTIVE -- Thos 18 years of age and over who, by birth, marriage or descent,
bear the surname Forbes or a sept thereof; those who, by maternal lineage, bear
the name in any of its forms or septs; and members of septs as listed in any
accepted works. Active members may vote, held office, and fully participate in
the affairs of the Society. $15 annual dues, plu $5 initiation fee for a
first-year total of $20.
LIFE -- Must be eligible for Active membership and are exempt for annual dues
upon paying a one-time fee of $200.
ASSOCIATE -- Those not a Forbes nor belonging to a Forbes sept, but otherwise
interested in the furtherance of the purposes of the Society. May not vote or
hold office. $10 annual dues.
Membership includes spouses and children under 18.
Clan Forbes Society
P.O. Box 1118
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