19th Century & Boer Wars
Forbes Macbean, another of the well known military family descended from Reverend Alexander MacBean of Inverness (mentioned above), won a DSO (Distinguished Service Cross) in 1897 when serving as a Major in the Gordon Highlanders, for the gallant and courageous action in taking the heights of Dargai near the border of Afghanistan, in India's old north west province, which is now part of Pakistan. Various accounts of this action have been written. Forbes Macbean later commanded the Gordon Highlanders regiment against the Boers of South Africa in 1881 during the Boer Wars. He is mentioned in an account of the bravery of the Gordon Highlanders at Doornkop (or Florida), south-west of Johannesburg. John Stirling recorded in his book 'Our Regiments in South Africa 1899-1902' that The Gordons were led by Lieut.-Colonel Burney and by Colonel Forbes Macbean, who has perhaps seen more hard fighting than any officer now alive and with his regiment.