Ancient History

For over 300 years the Clan was unrecognized. The Forsyths had entered historical darkness around 1650 when Cromwell’s ships carrying records of all the Clans as spoils of war, sank off Berwick on Tweed. The then chief failed to re-establish his claim to the name and his Armorial bearings when Charles II instituted a public register of Clans in 1672. Learn More

Famous Forsyths

The beautiful yellow flower Forsythia, is named in honor of William Forsyth. Forsyth was gardener to the Duke of Northumberland at Syon House, Chief Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden and later he was appointed gardener to his Majesty King George III at the St. James and Kensington Palaces. Learn More

The First Forsyths in North America

Gilbert Forsyth ca. 1650-1731, was one of the first Forsyths to set foot in North America. He was born in Ballandalloch, Banfshire or Aberdeenshire (it is referred to by both county designations).  He is thought to have been the son of Gilbert Forsyth, Burgess of Aberdeen and Elspet Smyth, but absolute proof of this has not been found. He came to North America about 1670. Learn More

Society History

Clan Forsyth Society, USA has been in existence since 1994.  We are a successor to an earlier Clan Forsyth Society of America.  Our constitution was accepted by the members at our annual general meeting held in conjunction with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, NC. Learn More