Dec
2
2012
Guy who bugged Donald Trump now a national hero
By Conor Nagle under Architecture

Forbes pictured outside his home in April of this year.

Farmer Michael Forbes has been named “Top Scot” at this year’s Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.

The 60-year-old sprung to fame earlier this year as the unlikely star of “You’ve Been Trumped”, a documentary charting the contentious development of property mogul Donald Trump’s multi-million dollar resort project on the Aberdeenshire coast.

Forbes, whom Trump famously accused of living “like a pig”, galvanised local resistance to the project by refusing to vacate his property and engaging in a number of high-profile, if ultimately unsuccessful, demonstrations.

His activity is alleged to have made him the target of a lengthy campaign of intimidation organised by Trump surrogates acting with the tacit endorsement of both the Aberdeenshire police and local authority representatives.

The first “non-celebrity” to claim the honour, Forbes’ claimed the public poll by what organisers described as “a clear margin”. Other award winners on the night included tennis star Andy Murray and six-time Olympic medallist Sir Chris Hoy.

Conor Nagle