Battle of Tillieangus
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Date: 10 October 1571
Location: White Hill of Tillyangus, Aberdeenshire
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“.
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.
Commanders and leaders
- Black Arthur Forbes - Arthur Forbes, of Putachie
Casualties and losses
- Black Arthur Forbes was killed
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