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George Forbes

Edinglassie - Map 7


George Forbes arrived in New South Wales with his brother Sir Francis Forbes on the Guildford in 1824 and was granted 2000 acres in September of that year. Another 4000 acres were reserved for purchase.


He stocked his estate Edinglassie with fine wool sheep and acted as superintendent on his brother's estate Skellatar

Peter Cunningham described the area in 1826 -

You enter first upon Edinglassie, the property of Mr. George Forbes, brother to our able and amiable chief justice, who possesses many thousand acres here, which he is stocking with fine woolled sheep. To the right is Captain Dickson's farm, and to the left in succession, the farms of Messrs. Carter, Mills, and Ogilvie. On the opposite bank there are only two resident proprietors, namely Captain Pike and Mr. Greig, the remainder of the land being all occupied as stock runs by distant proprietors. Mr. Ogilvie and his family are resident upon their property at Merton, the scenery whereof exceeds even that of Edinglassie, being still more various in its features; in fact, I may add, that it is the only place which , having before heard much praised, I was not disappointed in.


Edinglassie was purchased by James White in 1839. James White arrived in 1826 on the Fairfield, employed by the Australian Agricultural Company to bring a flock of sheep, which on arrival he took to 'Retreat Farm at Parramatta before moving them to Port Stephens.

In 1830 James White left the Australian Agricultural Company and moved to Ravensworth, the property of James Bowman where he was employed as superintendent. He purchased Edinglassie in 1839.


In 1852 employees at Edinglassie included :
Thomas Way,
Joseph Roe,
Robert Nicholson,
Thomas Larrance,
Kenneth Urquhart,
Thomas Byrnes,
William Dean,
John Trainer,
Patrick Byrnes,
Elijah Cartwright,
John McPhee,
John McCullum,
James Cornish
Benjamin Curn.

James White senior died in 1842.


1). Edinglassie (University of Newcastle Cultural Collections)....

C917-0093b Edinglassie, near Muswellbrook, c.1890

2) More about Edinglassie at NSW Heritage

Edinglassie...The Scone Advocate 26 June 1945