Katherine Forbes, Lady Rothiemay

c1583 - c1652

Katherine Forbes was the daughter of John, eighth Lord Forbes, and his second wife Janet Seton. She was educated in Aberdeen. She married William Gordon of Rothiemay in the winter of 1603/4. The Gordons and their neighbours the Crichtons were at feud, and William Gordon died after a skirmish in 1630. The Crichtons were ordered to pay compensation, but later in 1630 Lady Rothiemay's eldest son died in a suspicious fire.

Lady Rothiemay sought revenge. The privy council reported that she had a special hand in all the disorders and troubles in her area. She was imprisoned in Edinburgh from 1635 until February 1637 when the king ordered her release.

In 1642 she funded a school in Aberdeen and took a personal interest in it.

She died sometime after October 1652.

Lady Rothiemay's school in Aberdeen continued until the wholesale re-organisation of schools which followed the Education (Scotland) Act 1872. From at least 1841 until 1873 it was situated in Littlejohn Street, Aberdeen.

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Shona MacLean Vance, ‘Forbes, Katherine, Lady Rothiemay (c.1583–1652/3)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/66920,