Earl of Kellie’s Regiment of Foot

Active1648
1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsSecond Civil War
Third Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelEarl of Kellie
Area RaisedFife
Coat ColourGrey?
Flag ColourYellow
Flag DesignRed saltire
Field ArmiesHamilton 1648
Charles 1651

Covenanter regiment of foot serving on the Preston campaign in the Second Civil War and at Worcester in the Third

Service History

1648

  • May: Kellie commissioned to raise 750 men in Fife and Kinross
  • July: Preston campaign
  • July: Skirmish at Penrith?
  • July: Skirmish at Appleby?
  • July: Skirmish at Stainmore?
  • August: Battle of Winwick Pass
  • August: Surrender to the New Model Army at Winwick and Warrington

1650

  • December: Kellie commissioned colonel for Fife foot

1651

  • May: Arrive at Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester, Kellie captured

Notes

A history of the unit is shown in Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0

Coats, Flags and Equipment

The regiment’s flags are thought to have been yellow with a red saltire and the inscription Couenant for Religion King and Kingdoms.1)

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988 ISBN 094652550 1

Earl of Kellie

Alexander Erskine, 3rd Earl of Kellie, captured at Worcester, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London before exile to Holland.

Strength

  • May 1648: Established at 750 men
  • August 1648: 110 officers and men surrender at Warrington
  • January/February 1651: Estimated 1500 to 2400 with Crawford Lindsay's
  • June 1651: 898 men
  • June 1651: 985 men
  • July 1651: 961 men

See Also

1) Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988