Battle of Arbroath
|Battle of Arbroath|
|Part of Gordon – Lindsay feud|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Master of Crawford son of Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford|
|Casualties and losses|
|500.||At least 100.|
Their enemy was the Master of Crawford and his Clan Lindsay who advanced with over one thousand men. His father, David Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Crawford, rode between the two armies in an attempt to call a truce. However, an ill-advised Ogilvie, thinking that this was the start of the Lindsay's attack, threw his spear at the Earl, hitting him in the mouth and killing him instantly.
So began the battle, which went in Clan Lindsay's favour. Here fell Ogilvie of Inverquharty, Forbes of Pitsligo, Brucklay of Gartley, Gordon of Borrowfield, and Sir John Oliphant of Aberdalgie (father of Laurence Oliphant, 1st Lord Oliphant). However, the Lindsays lost a disproportionate amount of men, most notably the Earl himself. It has been calculated that 500 Ogilvys were killed as well as at least 100 of the Lindsays.
The graves of the dead from this battle have from time to time been found below the surface of the ground.
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