HOME, Peter in Mains of Tilliangus, DNA Linked 2
- Baptised: 11 March 1786, Oyne Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
- Marriage (1): STRACHEN, Christian (DNA Linked) between 1807 and 1809 1
- Unmarried (2): BARCLAY, Lillias
- Died: Before 6 June 1841
Old Parish Register
Oyne Parish Aberdeenshire
"1786 March 11
James Home in Pitmachie had a son baptised at Orayne named Peter "
Peter Home was a witness at the baptism of more than one child:
Old Parish Register
Clatt Parish Aberdeenshire
"8 June 1813
Alexander Home and Margaret Hardie had a child (begot in fornication) baptised named Peter before witnesses Peter Home and Anne Ingram both in Tilliangus"
The Old Parish Registers for Clatt, Aberdeenshire, also record that on 6 December 1818, Peter Home in Tilliangus was, with John Ingram, witness at the baptism of John Mitchell, lawful son of James Mitchell and Ann Ingram in Tilliangus
Peter probably died before 1855 when statutory reporting of births, deaths and marriages began. No evidence has been found of his death from 1855 on. He has not been found in the 1841 census, though his wife or widow Christian is listed, so it is very likely he died in or before 1841.
When Peter's son, James Home, married in 1861 in Clatt, his marriage certificate recorded his father as 'Peter Home farmer deceased', and the same designation was noted in his death certificate of 1880.
When Peter Home's daughter, Margaret, died in new Zealand in 1902 her death certificate recorded him as a farmer.
Peter's daughter, Christina, died in 1912. In her death certificate her father was described as 'Peter Home Farmer deceased'. 3 4 5 6 7
TILLIANGUS and its place in Scottish history
Although Peter Home was baptised in Oyne, his adult life seems to have been spent in the parish of Clatt, at Tilliangus. More then one generation of his descendants were born there.
Tillyangus, rendered in a variety of spellings, is most famous historically for the Battle of Tillieangus that took place between the Forbes family and the Gordons on 10 October 1571, the Gordons emerging victorious. On the White Hill of Tillieangus the Catholic Gordons under the command of Sir Adam Gordon, defeated the protestant Forbes, led by 'Black' Arthur Forbes. Black Arthur Forbes was killed. It was said 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".
The religious designations are an important part of understanding the situation, since Scotland was seriously divided politically by the consequences of the Scottish reformation, to the extent of civil disruption. Though there was no doubt degrees of ill feeling between the two families on the grounds of rivalry over land and status, the principal difference at that time was that the Forbes were fiercely in favour of the civil and religious changes brought about by the Reformers, and the Gordons upheld the traditional position of the Catholic Church, to whose ways they continued to remain faithful and were prepared to defend, by war when necessary. They were what many opponents have termed 'rebellious by nature'.
The precipitating factor was more personal for each family. In 1558, during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, John Forbes married Lady Margaret Gordon. John was the son of William 7th Lord Forbes, William being the half brother of 'Black Arthur', both of them sons of the 6th Lord Forbes by different mothers. Lady Margaret was the daughter of Lord George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth Keith. Ironically, it is said the marriage was intended to end the contining feud between the two families. The marriage was a disaster and ended in a divorce, the husband 'putting away' the wife, reportedly having been pressured to do so by 'Black Arthur' out of hatred.
Arthur convened an assembly of his fellow Forbes at Tillieangus, above Druminour. Sir Adam Gordon of Auchindoun is said to have had secret intelligence of this meeting and made his way there with his followers. Though inferior in numbers, the Gordons, after a bravely and cruelly fought battle, won the day. Despite reinforcements provided by the Regent, earl of Mar, the Forbes again failed to expel Adam Gordon's forces from Aberdeen at Craibstone in 1572.
It is at this period that the Scottish ballad 'Edom O'Gordon' is set, possibly in November 1571 some sources maintain, but the variations of detail in the story are many. The core event was the burning of the castle of Corgarff, belonging to the Forbes of Towie family, inhabited by Margaret Forbes nee Campbell and her household while her husband was away. The Gordons, under Adam Gordon, appear to have been responsible for this heinous act, but whether the castle and its inmates were deliberately burnt or whether this was an accidental consequence of another warlike action, depends upon which version you read. There can be doubt that those who died were unfortunate, innocent victims of the Forbes-Gordon feud, and the greater armed struggle to the death between the supporters of a Protestant Regent and those loyal to the Catholic Monarch.
Peter married Christian STRACHEN (DNA Linked), daughter of James STRACHEN and Jean THOM, between 1807 and 1809.1 (Christian STRACHEN (DNA Linked) was baptised on 4 July 1779 in Glenbucket Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and died between 6 June 1841 and 30 March 1851.)
Margaret Home's baptism referred to her as 'lawful' child of her parents. This means her parents were married before her birth. The marriage between Peter Home and Christian therefore did take place but details of it have not been found as yet.
Peter next had a relationship with Lillias BARCLAY, daughter of Alexander BARCLAY and Mary SMITH. (Lillias BARCLAY was baptised on 9 April 1775 in Clatt Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.)