referred to by Thomson in his Seasons, was Duncan Forbes, of Culloden, lord president of the Court of Session. For many years he ruled the destinies and greatly contributed to the prosperity of Scotland. He was on friendly terms with Pope, Swift, Arbuthnot, etc. The word is now generally pronounced as a monosyllable.
Thee, Forbës, too, whom every worth attends... Thy country feels thro' her reviving arts, Planned by thy wisdom, by thy soul informed.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894