Arthur Forbes

(1623—1696) politician and army officer

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(1623–96), created earl of Granard 1684. A Scottish-born royalist with lands in Co. Longford, Forbes was an intermediary between the Restoration government and the Presbyterians of Ulster, for whom he secured the regium donum. His appointment as lord justice in 1685 was intended to reassure Protestants following the accession of James II. However, he later supported William III.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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