Forbes Papers. Estate and household papers - Callendar Estates

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Forbes of Callendar
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Estate and household papers of Callendar Estate and related estates in the sheriffdoms of Stirling, Dunbarton and West Lothian. Accounts and vouchers include material relating to Earlstoun and Sanquhar Estates

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The Forbes family originated in Aberdeenshire and ran a coppersmith business in Aberdeen. In the 1760s and 1770s the business expanded to London where William Forbes established a separate coppersmith business. In 1783 William Forbes purchased Callendar and Almond Estates and later purchased Herbertshire Estate near Denny, Sanquhar Estates near Prestwick, Ayrshire and Earlstoun Estate in Dumfries.

There have been six successive William Forbes of Callendar: William (1743-1815); William (1806-1855); William (1833-1871); Charles William (1871-1948), William Dudley Henry Charles (1902-1977) and William Frederick (b. 1933).

Callendar House was part of Callendar Estates until 1963 when it was sold along with part of the surrounding parkland to Falkirk Town Council. Another part of the surrounding parkland was transferred in 2000 to a consortium led by the Forestry Commission as part of the Millenium Forest.
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