I agree with you that FORTH is an English name. My father firmly believed it, and pased his belief on to me. When we were in Edinburgh a few years ago, I searched the phone book for the name of FORTH. The only one I found was for the FORTH BRIDGE AUTHORITY. There are many FORTHs listed in the phone books in Lincolnshire, both in Sutton Bridge and Crowland. In the graveyard at Crowland Abbey I found several of my ancestors and their brothers as well. I asked a tour guide in Edinburgh about the FORTH river and the possiblity of a FORTH castle. His response was that the FORTH river was very short, only about 20 miles and there weren't any castles along its shores. There were the ruins of a couple of old abbey's. In Scotland there are two locations with the name of FORTH. One is a small city a couple of hours drive south of Edinburgh and there is a very small village of FORTH in eastern Scotland along the coast of the North Sea.
My ancestors lived in Crowland from the late 1600s until the late 1800's. I have a William and Sarah who had a son Thomas but it was 130 years before your Thomas.
Best of luck in your search.
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