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Forbes, (Joan) Rosita, (Mrs Arthur T. McGrath)locked


Born d of H. J. Torr of Morton Hall, Swinderley, Lincolnshire; m 1st, Col Ronald Forbes (marr. diss.), 3rd s of Col Foster Forbes, Rothiemay Castle, Banffshire; 2nd, Col Arthur T. McGrath, DSO (d 1962); died 30 June 1967

traveller, lecturer and author; Hon. Member of French, Royal Italian, Canadian and Royal Antwerp Geographical Societies


Extensive travelling in most known countries; expedition to Kufara in Libya, 1920, unvisited by Europeans since Rohlf’s unsuccessful expedition of 1879; expedition to unknown Asir, 1922–23; cinema expedition through Abyssinia in 1924–25; drove ambulance in war for Société de Secours aux blessés militaires (2 war medals), 1940–45; Lecturer for War Office, Air Ministry; Canadian Ministry of Supplies and National Council of Education, Canada; Economic League. Gold Medal Royal Antwerp Geographical Society, 1921; Gold Medal French Geographical Society, 1923; Silver Medal Royal Society of Arts, 1924


The Secret of the Sahara-Kufara; Quest, 1922; From Red Sea to Blue Nile; Adventure, 1928; Conflict, 1931; Eight Republics in Search of a Future, 1933; Forbidden Road—Kabul to Samarkand, 1937; India of the Princes, 1939; A Unicorn in the Bahamas, 1939; The Prodigious Caribbean, 1940; monograph: Position of the Arabs in Art and Literature; autobiography: Appointment in the Sun, 1949; Biography: Sir Henry Morgan, Pirate and Pioneer, 1948; Islands in the Sun (W Indies), 1950


Travelling, hunting, exploration connected with Arab countries


Clare Cottage, Warwick, Bermuda