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FORBES, John 6th Lord Forbes
(About 1471-1547)
LUNDIE, Christian
(About 1482-)
KEITH, William younger, of Inverugie, Sir
(About 1479-Between 1518/1521)
GRAY, Janet
(About 1485-1539)
FORBES, William 7th Lord Forbes
(About 1513-1593)
KEITH, Elizabeth co-heiress of Inverugie
(About 1519-)
FORBES, John 8th Lord Forbes


Family Links

1. GORDON, Margaret

2. SEATON, Janet

FORBES, John 8th Lord Forbes 1

  • Born: 3 July 1542
  • Marriage (1): GORDON, Margaret in November 1558
  • Marriage (2): SEATON, Janet in 1580
  • Died: 29 June 1606

  General Notes:

John Forbes and his first wif, Margaret Gordon, was at the heart of the feud between the Forbes and the Gordon families:

"An attempt had been made to end the ancient feud between the Gordons and the Forbeses by means of a marriage between the Master of Forbes and Lady Margaret Gordon, sister to the 5th Earl Huntly. But the union was a failure, ending in divorce, and relations were more embittered than ever. Following a running fight at Tillyangus near Alford in 1571, the Master of Forbes (eldest son to Lord Forbes) went south to look for allies. Whilst he was away, the troops of Sir Adam Gordon, the victor of Tillyangus, attacked Corgarff Castle with the intention of claiming it for the deposed Queen of Scots. Meeting with firm resistance, Gordon set the castle ablaze, and Margaret Forbes, being the wife of Forbes of Towie, and her children and servants, amounting to 24 persons, all perished in the flames. This was a conspicuously dreadful deed, even by the standards of those times.

Infuriated to the point of madness by the cruelty of this act, the Master of Forbes lost no time in pursuit of his enemy. He now had the support of the new Regent, the Earl of Mar. Forbes advanced northwards to Aberdeen. The Burgh was occupied by the Gordons, who received intelligence of Forbes' approach and positioned themselves near what is now the top of the Hardgate, where it crosses Bon-Accord Terrace, whilst a party of musketeers were hidden in the hollow a little further west, now called Union Glen. These last were instructed to wait until battle commenced, then to attack the Forbeses from the rear. The conflict, since known as the Battle of the Crabstane, on 20 November 1571, lasted about an hour. Finding themselves under attack from both front and rear, the Forbeses were thrown into confusion and were forced to withdraw, defeated, leaving some 60 persons dead and the Master of Forbes a prisoner of the Gordons of Huntly."

from ABERDEEN CIVIC SOCIETY: Newsletter No. 52: Dec. 2005 2

John married Margaret GORDON, daughter of George GORDON 4th Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth KEITH Countess of Huntly, in November 1558. The marriage ended in divorce. (Margaret GORDON was born about 1543 and died on 6 January 1606 in Ghent, Belgium 1.)

  Marriage Notes:

This couple were divorced in 1574.

John next married Janet SEATON, daughter of William SEATON of Touch and Unknown, in 1580. (Janet SEATON was born about 1544 and died on 2 February 1616 3.)


1, Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-2015.

2 Internet Site,

3 Internet Site,

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