John Forbes (1568 – 1634) was born in Corse Castle he graduated from St Andrew's University in 1583. He was the moderator of the Aberdeen assembly which met in defiance of the king. For this he was imprisioned. He was then exiled and in 1608 became the pastor of an English-speaking congregation of the Merchant Adsventurers in Middelburg. He then pastored a church in Delft.
In his book Certain Records touching the Estate of the Kirk in 1605 and 1606 he described the decay of reformed polity in Scotland.
He was the brother of Patrick an Episcopal who became the bishop of Aberdeen.