Dedicated to the Memory of the 1411 Battle of Reid Harlaw


On this site you will find stories, songs, poems and events pertaining to the history and continued commemoration of "the bloodiest battle on Scottish soil" - a 1411 confrontation that pitted Scot against Scot in an often mis-understood fight to the finish. Having taken place at a location known as Harlaw, just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland, the word "Red," or in the Old Scots language, "Reid," was added to the place name to signify the vast amount of blood that stained the land, once the struggle was over. It is, in part, our goal to sort out the various legends surrounding the battle, and to honor the men on both sides who put victory for their cause above all else. The Freens o Reid Harlaw organization was conceived of in 2011, upon the 600th anniversary of "Reid Harlaw."

There are always new articles and pictures being added, especially to the members only area. Please consider joining, if you have an interest in Reid Harlaw - one of the most significant battles in the history of Scotland.

At left, the century-old Harlaw Monument, with the peak of Bennachie in the background, graced with six new crests to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle. Inset shows the crests of: the City of Aberdeen (top left) which was being defended that day; Clan Donald (top right) led by Lord of The Isle, "Donald of Harlaw" McDonald, while staking his claim to the Ross Highlands; The Earl of Mar (middle left) or Alexander Stewart, who, along with the Chief of Clan Leslie, led the Aberdeen men to battle; Clan Maclean (middle right) led into battle in support of Donald of Harlaw by Red Hector Maclean; Irvine of Drum (lower left) led into battle by Sir Alexander Irvine who fought Red Hector at close quarters until both lay dead on the battlefield; and Clan Davidson (lower right) represented that day by Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Robert Davidson, who also died in the battle of Reid Harlaw. At right, for the 600th anniversary of Harlaw this cross was erected to replace a lost Leslie's Cross that originally commemorated the death of the six sons of Sir Andrew Leslie, a supporter of the Earl of Mar, along with other Leslies from neighboring lands. For more information, contact us at: Freens o Reid Harlaw