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The Battle of Corrichie

 

 

 

 

 

The Battle of Corrichie, or Corrichy, was a Scottish clan battle fought at Meikle Tap, near Aberdeen, in the year 1562. It was fought between the forces of George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly, chief of Clan Gordon against forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots under James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray.

George Gordon had defeated the English twenty years earlier at the Battle of Haddon Rig, however at Corrichie he was defeated by Scots loyal to Queen Mary, and apparently he died of Apoplexy after his capture. His son Sir John Gordon, who was also captured was executed the following day. His cousin John Gordon, 12th Earl of Sutherland was forfeited and fled to France where he remained until 1565. According to John Knox, at the parliament of May 1563, Huntly, Sutherland and eleven other Earls and Barons of the name Gordon were forfeited. In 1565 Queen Mary of Scotland restored the Earls of Huntly, Sutherland and others of the name Gordon who had been forfeited.

 

Amongst those reported as fighting with distinction was Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie (afterwards ninth earl of Angus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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