An Anglicized Young Scotsman


in Alexander Forbes of Brechin

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263579
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682605 | DOI:
An Anglicized Young Scotsman

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This chapter discusses the life of Alexander Forbes as an Anglicized young Scotsman. He was born in Edinburgh on 6 June 1817. His father was John Hay Forbes, a prominent lawyer who was appointed to the bench of the Court of Session, the highest court in Scotland. Alexander's mother Luisa was the daughter of Sir Alexander Cumming-Gordon of Altyre. In his aspirations to priesthood, aside from his Indian experience, Forbes's view was a little different from any other from the scions of upper-class families. His education and wealth, Anglicized education, and personal contacts enabled him to fit almost anywhere unto the upper echelons of British society. The major element of his life which cut across the prevailing English influence upon him was his family's attachment to certain Scottish traditions, particularly their Scottish Episcopalianism and its native nonjuring tradition.

Keywords: Alexander Forbes; John Hay Forbes; Luisa Forbes; William Forbes; Episcopalianism; Anglicized education; Edinburgh

Chapter.  10135 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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