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Lord Forbes of Pitsligo supported the cause of “Bonnie Prince Charlie”. The Pitsligo estate was already bankrupt by 1700. The last Lord Forbes of Pitsligo supported both the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite rebellions. After the 1746 Stuart defeat at Culloden, the crown seized the Pitsligo Estate, ransacked Pitsligo Castle, declared Forbes an outlaw, and placed a price on his head. While most Jacobite leaders fled abroad to save their lives, Forbes stayed in Scotland and relied on the loyalty of his people. They didn’t let him down. He was never betrayed to the government soldiers who were constantly looking for him and he died of old age in 1762.

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