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William Forbes Skene (1809–1892) by Sir George Reid, 1888 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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A. J. G. Mackay

revised by W. D. H. Sellar

Skene, William Forbes (1809–1892), historian and Celtic scholar, the second of seven children of James Skene (1775–1864) of Rubislaw, near Aberdeen, and Jane (1787–1862), daughter of Sir William Forbes, sixth baronet, of Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, was born on 7 June 1809 at Inverie, Kincardineshire...