William Forbes of Skellater’s Highlanders

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelWilliam Forbes of Skellater
Area RaisedStrathdon
Coat Colourunknown
Flag Colourunknown
Flag Designunknown
Field ArmiesMontrose 1645

Scots Royalist highlanders of the First Civil War, perhaps fighting at Alford

Service History


  • March: Forbes raises 200 men to plunder the Gordons' lands
  • To escape Lord Gordon's revenge Forbes joins the Royalists under MacColla in plundering Coupar Angus
  • June: Battle of Alford?


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

Forbes is said to have led 200 men at Alford.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

William Forbes, Second Laird of Skellater

William Forbes, of Skellater, baptized 15th October 1615, joined the marquis of Huntly, on the king’s side, with the warriors of Strathdon. These were the only Forbeses who were not Covenanters, and as they were with the Gordons, (several of the Forbeses holding feudally of the marquis of Huntly,) both in the civil war and in the revolutionary campaign of 1689, they were called the Gordon-Forbeses. This William Forbes of Skellater adopted a motto distinct from that of other families of the name, namely, Solus inter plurimos (One Among Many). William Forbes Genealogy


  • 200 at Alford

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