This is my favourite Ancestry.com.au ad – I get his delight, only mine is doubled!
Excited by the amount of information I found in my 2 x great grandmother’s will, I decided to see if any other members of the family had an estate to leave. Seems Susan Forbes was not the only canny Scot in my past. Susan’s father David Forbes also left a will; and a considerable estate which seems to include quite a lot of land and a brewery!
A publican, spirit merchant and manufacturer (of beer or whiskey by the looks of it), David Forbes died in 1861 of liver disease (not surprisingly).
When I found the census return that described him as a “publican” it reminded me of this Ancestry.com.au ad – only I can do better than that. I’ve now found two publicans in the family; my 3x great grandfather David Forbes (paternal line) and my great grandfather Alexander Cruden (maternal line).