David Forbes

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David Forbes

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David Forbes, born January 13, 1772, was a Colonel with the 78th Highlanders in the British Army. He joined the army as an ensign in 1793 and one year later he was promoted to Lieutenant. He fought in battles in the Netherlands, Africa, India and Malaysia. He was promoted to Captain in 1803, Major in 1811 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1814. In 1817 he went on half pay and returned to Scotland, settling in Aberdeen. On January 10, 1837, he was promoted to Colonel, in 1838 made a C.B., and in 1846 promoted to Major General. He died on March 29, 1849. (Taken from: Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.)


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