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Battle of Tillieangus

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  • Arthur Forbes of Putachie (1514 - 1571)
    Arthur Forbes was the son of John Forbes, 6th Lord Forbes and Elizabeth Barlow. He married Elizabeth Innes, daughter of Alexander Innes, 13th of that Ilk. He died in October 1571, killed in actio...
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Battle of Tillieangus

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Date: 10 October 1571

Location: White Hill of Tillyangus, Aberdeenshire

Belligerents

Clan Gordon

  • Strength;
  • Losses;

Clan Forbes

  • Strength;
  • Losses;

Causes

Related to a long-running feud between the Forbes and Gordon families which culminated with two full scale battles - first The Battle of Tillieangus and then The Battle of Craibstone. The 6th Lord Forbes’s youngest son known as Black Aurther Forbes was killed at the Battle of Tillieangus. Legend has it that “he stooped down to quench his thirst and one of the Gordons gave him his death blow through an open joint in his armour“.

Overview

Part of the Marian civil war in which the Gordons supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the Forbeses supported her son, James VI of Scotland.

Result

Gordon Victory

Commanders and leaders

Clan Gordon

Clan Forbes

Casualties and losses

  • Black Arthur Forbes was killed

Notable connections

Captives

Other notes

Around 1800 a large quantity of human bones were found at the site of the burial cairns of the Battle of Tillieangus - see http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/17718/details/smallburn/

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References, Sources and Further Reading

  • Scotland - The History of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson