Nigel Forbes, 22nd Lord Forbes

Military Person

1918 – 2013


Who was Nigel Forbes, 22nd Lord Forbes?

Nigel Ivan Forbes, 22nd Lord Forbes KBE JP DL, known as the Master of Forbes until 1953, was a Scottish soldier, businessman and Conservative politician.

Forbes was the only son of Atholl Laurence Cunyngham Forbes, 21st Lord Forbes, and his wife Lady Mabel, daughter of Thomas Francis Anson, 3rd Earl of Lichfield, and was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He served in the Second World War as a Major in the Grenadier Guards and was wounded. Between 1947 and 1948 he was Military Assistant to the High Commissioner for Palestine. Forbes succeeded his father in the lordship in 1953. In 1955 he was elected a Scottish Representative Peer and took his seat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. He was the last surviving person to have sat as a Scottish Representative Peer.

He served under Harold Macmillan as Minister of State for Scotland from 1958 to 1959. Apart from his participation in national politics he was also a member of the Alford District Council from 1955 to 1958 and served as Chairman of the River Don District Board from 1962 to 1972. In 1955 he was a Justice of the Peace for Aberdeenshire and in 1958 a Deputy Lieutenant. Forbes has later been involved in business, notably as a Director of Grampian Television from 1960 to 1988, as Deputy Chairman of Tennent Caledonian Breweries from 1964 to 1974 and as Chairman of Rolawn Ltd from 1975 to 1998. He was appointed a KBE in 1960.

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Feb 19, 1918
  • Harrow School
Mar 5, 2013

on July 23, 2013


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