Lord Forbes’ Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelLord Forbes
Area RaisedAberdeenshire
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Field ArmiesBalfour 1644

Covenanters raised in Aberdeenshire and opposing Montrose, raised again in 1651

Service History


  • April: Raised in Aberdeenshire and garrison Kildrummy Castle
  • April: Rendezvous with Argyle at Dunottar Castle
  • May: Occupy Aberdeen
  • May: Take Kellie Castle
  • May: Rendezvous at Turriff, march on Elgin
  • 13th September: Battle of Aberdeen - 400 men
  • October: Battle of Fyvie??


  • March: Lord Forbes musters his men
  • May: Skirmish at the head of Strathdon


  • Re-raised in Aberdeenshire


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

Unlikely formally regimented, Furgol terms them a 'retinue'. They appear to have disbanded fairly quickly in 1644, perhaps before or after Fyvie. Lord Forbes raised his men again in 1645 but they were defeated by Royalist Highlanders at the head of Strathdon. In 1651 the regiment was raised but likely saw no action.

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Notable Officers

Lord Forbes

Alexander Forbes, 10th Lord Forbes, chief of Clan Forbes served in the Swedish Army under Gustavus Adolphus, and more recently had led an expedition to Galway to fight the Irish Confederates consisting of Lord Forbes’ Regiment of Foot.


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