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J H Forbes MacPherson CBE

J H Forbes MacPherson CBE was President of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce from 1980 to 1981. He passed away peacefully on 16 December 2017 aged 91.  

Forbes’ connection with the Chamber started through Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce where he served as Chairman in 1965-66. He attended 59 of the 75 Glasgow Junior Chamber’s Annual Colquhoun Dinners. In later life he accepted the role as Honorary Patron to the highly successful 1995 Junior Chamber International World Congress hosted in Glasgow and organised by Glasgow Junior Chamber. 

He served as Glasgow’s second citizen in 1995-97 as Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants House. 

He was also the recipient of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Award for Lifetime Achievement at The Glasgow Business Awards in 2004. 

Forbes was a chartered accountant by profession and was a partner in Wilson, Stirling & Co which ultimately merged with Touche Ross & Co. He was Chairman of TSB Scotland and a Director of the TSB Group. He also chaired the Scottish Mutual Assurance Society, the Glasgow Development Agency (GDA) and the Glasgow University Vet School Small Animal Hospital fundraising appeal. His CV lists numerous other significant business appointments.

In recognition of his service to business in the West of Scotland and in particular to Glasgow, he was recognised in the 1983 Queen’s Birthday Honours list when he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). 

He was educated at Glasgow Academy and Merchiston Castle School and served in the Royal Navy during WW2. He had a keen interest in rugby and cricket to the end of his life. 

Forbes is survived by his wife Margaret, son John and three grandchildren.

By Duncan Tannahill, President, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (1997)

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