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Alexander Leslie’s Lifeguard of Foot

Active1639
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
TypeFoot
ColonelAlexander Leslie
Sir Alexander Gibson of Durie
Sir Thomas Hope of Kerse
Area RaisedEdinburgh
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1639

Leslie’s Lifeguard of Foot during the Bishops’ Wars, also known as the College of Justice Regiment

Service History

1639

  • March: Raised by the College of Justice in Edinburgh
  • May: Accompany Leslie to Aberdeen?
  • June: Standoff at Duns Law
  • June: Disbanded following the Treaty of Birks

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 & Equipment

Armed with 270 muskets and 160 pikes in 1639.

Notable Officers

Alexander Leslie

Better known as the Earl of Leven, he was the foremost Covenanter general of the Civil war period.

Sir Alexander Gibson of Durie

Joint Colonel with Hope

Sir Thomas Hope of Kerse

Joint Colonel with Gibson

Strength

  • March 1639: 270 musketeers and 160 pikemen

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