Sir William Forbes of Craigevar’s Regiment

ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
Second Bishops' War
Colonel Sir William Forbes
Area RaisedAberdeenshire
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Field ArmiesMontrose 1639

Covenanters serving at Aberdeen in the First and Second Bishops’ Wars

Service History


  • Raised in Aberdeenshire
  • May: Skirmish at the Trot o’ Turiff
  • June: Battle of Megray Hill?
  • June: Skirmish at Brig o’ Dee?
  • June: Occupy Aberdeen?
  • June: Disbanded after the Treaty of Birks


  • Raised in Aberdeenshire
  • May: Occupation of Aberdeen
  • June: Plunder George Gordon's house at Newtown of Culsalmond


A history of the unit is shown in Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0

Uncertain if properly regimented, Furgol labels them a ‘retinue’. They mighthave been foot, horse, or some of each. In 1644 Forbes led a troop of horse, whether he also led foot is currently uncertain so for 1644 and later see Sir William Forbes of Craigievar’s Troop of Horse.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir William Forbes of Craigievar


See Also