Forbes of Callendar Papers

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Forbes of Callendar
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Correspondence, legal papers, accounts and estate papers of William Forbes and his descendants. Includes correspondence on coppersmith business in London, purchase and re-furbishment of Callendar House and estates, personal and family matters, Earlstoun and Sanquhar estates, plans of estates and houses, contracts, account books, letters, press cuttings, public notices relating to Callendar House and estate, let of lands, agriculture and household accounts, copies of inventories, rent of property, wine cellar lists. Includes records of individual family members, music book of Lady Louisa (d. 1841) and large collection of plans of estates and Callendar House Also includes papers relating to poor relief, mining, Falkirk heritors and two electoral rolls.
The bulk of the records (A727 - 28m) were transferred from the Scottish Record Office in 1994.

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Administrative History
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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5,359 items in 28 series (36m)
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