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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (F)
Daniel and William Forbes

The Story of Daniel and William Forbes
Forbes to Forbush or Furbush
by Michael Forbush

In 1650 Daniel and William Forbes were in their early twenties working on their father's rocky piece of land near Aberdeenshire. Scotland. In July Oliver Cromwell, a Puritan, who had overthrown King Charles II wanted to quiet the uprisings in Scotland. He advanced across the border with the intention of meeting his supply ships at Leith.

David Leslie quickly recruited thousands of Scots under the Calvinist banner. Among these recruits were Daniel and William Forbes. Leslie successfully pressed Cromwell into Dunbar up against the coast trapping Cromwell without his supply ships.

At this point, the Calvinist ministers dismissed all soldiers not living up to the Calvinist ideals. And, against Leslie's military expertise ordered the solders to attack Cromwell, leaving their prime position on Doune Hill. The result was a horrible defeat. The Scots lost 3 thousand men. Ten thousand were captured and held prisoners.Among these ten thousand were Daniel and William Forbes.

Holding ten thousand prisoners proved to difficult for Cromwell. Five thousand managed to escape over the next few weeks.Five thousand prisoners were sent to Durham but only three thousand arrived.

By November 11, 1650 Sir Arthur Haselrig was told to deliver 150 prisoners Augustine  Walker the master of the ship Unity. Among these prisoners were Daniel and William Forbes. Walker sold Daniel and William Forbes to Samson Angier of Kittery, Maine for 30  each. William remained with Samson while Daniel was either sold or given to his brother Edmund Angier of Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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