For all his influence in his own day, Alexander Forbes has been overlooked by historians. The historiography on Forbes and on the Oxford Movement in Scotland is meager. Most research into the Oxford Movement in Britain has focused on the Church of England. Outside the Church of England, Scotland was one of the first countries the Catholic revival migrated to after England. For Forbes, the Church of Rome became increasingly attractive throughout his personal and ecclesiastical battles of the late 1850s and early 1860s. His widespread connections in England and Europe helped to make the Scottish Episcopal Church known far beyond Scotland, and exposed that Church to various religious movements beyond its borders. It is in his sacrificial and unstinting work among the poor of Dundee which most endures this.
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