Scope and Content

Includes research material on the following travellers:

-Folliott, John

-Folville, Mr

-Fonnerau, Thomas

-Forbes, Charles

-Forbes, James

-Forbes, Father

-Forbes, Captain

-Forbes of Pitsligo

-Forbes, Thomas

-Forbes, various

-Forbes, John

-Forbes, Samuel

-Forbes, Anne (includes transcriptions of letters dated 1767-1771, sent to John Aikman of the Ross to his cousin, John Forbes, concerning the aritistic studies in Rome of Anne Forbes, from the Collection of Major Robertson Aikman of the Ross, Hamilton. Also includes transcriptions of letters dated 1772-1773 written by, or relating to, Anne Forbes held in 1960, in the Collection of Messrs T.C. Brodie and sons, Edinburgh. Also includes photocopy of letter from Anne Forbes to Robert Chalmers, 1772, held at the National Library of Scotland)

-Forbes, William (includes photocopy of extracts, and some transcriptions, of William Forbes' Journals , Vol V, 1792-1793, held at the National Library of Scotland) [see image below].

Access Information

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Alternative Form Available

The material has been scanned and documents (which are out of copyright) are available for free consultation or download in The Paul Mellon Centre from The Grand Tour database at


Brinsley Ford’s archive was the basis of John Ingamells (ed.) ‘A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy 1701-1800’, (Published for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1997)