The Story of
Daniel and William Forbes
Forbes to Forbush or Furbush
by Michael Forbush [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.