FORBES, JAMES [SSNE 6962]

Surname
FORBES
First name
JAMES

Text source

Captain James Forbes, 2nd Laird of Blacktoun received permission from Charles I to raise a company of 200 men for service in Russia. James Forbes served under Alexander Leslie of Auchintoul [SSNE 2916] and took part in the Smolensk War. In some sources it is erroneously cited that his permission was to raise a regiment and had the rank of colonel. He is sometimes confused with James Forbes [SSNE 3881], his cousin.

 

Sources: G. P. Herd, 'General Patrick Gordon of Auchluchries - A Scot in Seventeenth Century Russian Service', Ph.D. thesis, Aberdeen, 1994; D. Fedosov, The Caledonian Connection (Aberdeen, 1996).

Service record

RUSSIA, ALEXANDER LESLIE OF AUCHINTOUL
Departed 1633-08-30, as CAPTAIN
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY