Duncan Forbes of Culloden

c.1644 - 1704

Politician and land-owner. Duncan Forbes of Culloden was educated at Bourges and became Provost of, and later Member of Parliament for, Inverness. Because of his opposition to the succession of James VII and II, his estates at Culloden and Ferintosh were harried by Jacobite soldiers under Viscount Dundee in 1688. As recompense the Scottish Parliament exempted him from paying duty on the whisky he distilled. He was a keen genealogist and published The Familie of Innes for his wife, Mary, who was from that family. In his Plan for Preserving Peace of the Highlands he recognized the need for the integration of the people of the Highlands into British society in order to prevent them being used as a tool of the exiled Stuart dynasty. His son, also Duncan (1685 - 1747), continued to pursue his father's ideals.

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