Social Victorians/People/Forbes

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Forbes
  • St. Clair-Erskine Forbes
  • Baronet Forbes of Newe

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British
  • Angela St. Clair-Erskine Forbes: nearly 6 feet tall

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Blanche Adeliza Fitzroy (1839 – 8 December 1933)[1]
  • Colonel Hon. Charles Henry Maynard (1814 – 2 January 1865)[2]
    1. Frances Evelyn Maynard (10 December 1861 – 26 July 1938)
    2. Blanche Maynard (14 February 1864 – 17 August 1945)
  • Robert Francis St. Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn (2 March 1833 – 6 September 1890)[3]
    1. Lady Millicent Fanny St. Clair-Erskine (20 October 1867 – 20 August 1955)
    2. James Francis Harry St. Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn (16 March 1869 – 10 August 1939)
    3. Hon. Alexander Fitzroy St. Clair-Erskine (22 April 1870 – 25 February 1914)
    4. Lady Sybil Mary St. Clair-Erskine (20 August 1871 – 21 July 1910)
    5. Lady Angela Selina Bianca St. Clair-Erskine (11 June 1876 – 22 October 1950)


  • Lady Angela Selina Bianca St. Clair-Erskine Forbes (11 June 1876 – 1950)
  • James Stewart (Jim) Forbes (1872–1957)
    1. Marigold Forbes (26 August 1897 — 11 February 1975)
    2. Flavia Forbes (18 December 1902 — 13 October 1959)
  • Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss, not a marital relationship, though they lived together from 1912; he remained married.[4]


  • Sir Charles John Forbes of Newe, 4th Bt. (24 March 1843 – 24 July 1884)[5]
  • Helen Moncreiffe (18 July 1845 – 12 November 1913)[6]
  1. Mabel Susan Forbes ( – 14 February 1919)
  2. Blanche (Helen Blanche) Forbes ( – 7 June 1934)
  3. Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes ( – 13 May 1929)
  4. Sir Charles Stewart Forbes of Newe, 5th Bt. (19 January 1867 – 12 December 1927)


  • John Blundell Leigh (13 December 1858 – 27 July 1931)
  • Lady Rose Nevill (7 December 1866 – 2 May 1913)
  1. Honor Dorothy Leigh (1892 – 25 December 1982)
  • Blanche (Helen Blanche) Forbes ( – 7 June 1934)[7]


  1. Helen Milicent James ( – 15 Aug 1967)
  2. Silvia Helena Sophia James ()
  3. Edward James James ()
  4. Alexandra Maud Venetia James (26 December 1896 – 4 February 1981)
  5. Audrey Evelyn James (21 April 1902 – 14 February 1968)
  • Lt.-Col. John Chaytor Brinton ( – 6 April 1956)

Relations[edit | edit source]

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Angela St. Clair Erskine[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1889 March 5, Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes and William Dodge James married.[8]

1896 April 27, Angela Selina Bianca St. Clair-Erskine and James Stewart Forbes married.[4]

1897 July 2, several people named Forbes attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House: Lady Angela St. Clair-Erskine Forbes, Mr. James Stewart Forbes, and Miss Blanche Forbes. Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes James (at 364) and William Dodge James (at 686) also attended and are treated on the James page.

1899, John Blundell Leigh and Lady Rose Nevill Leigh were divorced.

1901 January 16, Helen Blanche Forbes and John Blundell Leigh married.[7]

1907, Angela St. Clair-Erskine and James Forbes divorced.

1913 August 30, Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes James and Lt.-Col. John Chaytor Brinton married.[8]

1927, Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes James Brinton and Lt.-Col. John Chaytor Brinton divorced.[8]

1929, Angela St. Clair-Erskine Forbes went back to her maiden name, St. Clair-Erskine.[4]

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Lady Angela St. Clair-Erskine Forbes (at 37)

  • was dressed as "Queen of Naples. Empire dress of cream satin, embroidered with chaplets of laurels in silver, diminishing in size from the hem upwards, and silver embroidered collar curved over the shoulders; train of faded petunia velvet lined with satin and bordered with the richest silver embroidery; small crown of jewels and two large white ostrich plumes on one side."[9]:7, Col. 7b
  • "wore white and mauve as Queen of Naples."[10]:5, Col. 7c
  • "made a dainty Queen of Naples in a white satin Empire dress, with silver and diamond embroideries, and a train of petunia velvet embroidered to correspond."[11]

Mr. James Stewart Forbes (at 273) was dressed as an Imperial Guard in the Court in the Empress Catherine II of Russia procession. He "and seven other gentlemen formed an Imperial guard, wearing splendid white uniforms, with blue facings and trimmed with gold. They all wore the ribbon of the Order of Catherine of Russia."[10]:5, Col. 7a

Miss Blanche Forbes (at 285) was dressed as Donna Lucrezia Arcella in the Italian procession.[9][12] Lafayette's portrait of "Miss B. Forbes as Donna Lucrezia Arcalla" in costume is #221 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[13] The printing on the portrait says, "Miss B. Forbes as Donna Lucrezia Arcalla," with a Long S in Miss.[14]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The NPG identifies her as Miss B. Forbes, but Miss Blanche Forbes in the Morning Post and the Times came as the same person, Donna Lucrezia Arcella or Arcalla. Blanche Forbes appears in contemporary magazines with enough information to identify her, however, at least enough to find her as Helen Blanche Forbes in The Peerage. Especially around the time of her marriage in 1901 is she mentioned with her mother's name, associating her with a Baronetage in Newe, Scotland, which is enough to identify her as Helen Blanche Forbes.[15][16]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Blanche Adeliza Fitzroy." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  2. "Colonel Hon. Charles Henry Maynard." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  3. "Robert Francis St. Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Lady Angela Forbes". Wikipedia. 2020-10-02. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lady_Angela_Forbes&oldid=981518955. 
  5. "Sir Charles John Forbes of Newe, 4th Bt." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  6. "Helen Moncreiffe." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Helen Blanche Forbes." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6a–6, Col. 1b. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  11. “The Devonshire House Ball. A Brilliant Gathering.” The Pall Mall Gazette 3 July 1897, Saturday: 7 [of 10], Col. 2a–3a. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18970703/019/0007.
  12. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  13. "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515 (accessed February 2020).
  14. "Miss B. Forbes as Donna Lucrezia Arcalla." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158584/Miss-B-Forbes-as-Donna-Lucrezia-Arcalla (accessed February 2020).
  15. "Prince Attends Another Smart Wedding, The." The Sketch: A Journal of Art and Actuality 28 January 1901 (Vol. 33): 11, Col. 1a. Google Books https://books.google.com/books?id=Cns4AQAAMAAJ (accessed February 2020).
  16. "Ladies Pages." Illustrated London News 26 January 1901: 140, Col. 1a. Google Books https://books.google.com/books?id=wb4sAQAAMAAJ (accessed February 2020).