Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Battle of Tillieangus

« Back to Projects Dashboard

Project Tags

Top Surnames

view all


  • Adam Gordon, of Auchindoun (c.1545 - 1580)
  • 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...

Battle of Tillieangus

Contributors welcome - but please do not copy and paste Wiki!!

Date: 10 October 1571

Location: White Hill of Tillyangus, Aberdeenshire


Clan Gordon

  • Strength;
  • Losses;

Clan Forbes

  • Strength;
  • Losses;


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.


Gordon Victory

Commanders and leaders

Clan Gordon

Clan Forbes

Casualties and losses

  • Black Arthur Forbes was killed

Notable connections


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

Getting Involved

Feel free to follow, request to collaborate


To join the project use the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page.


Geni's Project Plaza
Working with Projects
Wicked Wiki
Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance.
See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

References, Sources and Further Reading

  • Scotland - The History of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson
// this project is in History Link