From: "A History of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel Street, Montreal"
By Rev. Robert Campbell, Montreal 1887

William Forbes, who subscribed ten guineas, along with James Cowie, was the senior partner of the firm of  Forbes & Cowie, coopers. He was chosen an elder in Mr. Young's time. He was elected a member of the temporal committee in 1800, and gave a guinea that year to the church debt. He contributed one pound to the Young Fund. He signed, as an elder, the resolution declaring that the congregation remained firm in their purpose to call Mr. Somerville in 1803, and subscribed two guineas a year towards that gentleman's stipend.   With Duncan Fisher and William Martin, he signed the protest served on Mr. William Hunter, in the matter of the church keys. He died shortly afterwards, having received mortal injuries at a fire. He occupied pew 31, which his family continued to hold till his widow died in 1812.

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