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Alexander Leslie’s Lifeguard of Foot

1640 to 1641
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
Second Bishops' War
ColonelAlexander Leslie
Sir Alexander Gibson of Durie
Sir Thomas Hope of Kerse
Area RaisedEdinburgh
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1639
Leslie 1640

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

Service History


  • 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


  • June: Raised from volunteers by the College of Justice in Edinburgh
  • Part of Leslie's army at Duns
  • August to August 1641: Occupy Newcastle


  • August: Return to Scotland and disbanded after the Treaty of London


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

In October 1640 at Newcastle the Ministers accused the regiment of visiting bawdy houses where they spoyled their bodies.

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


  • March 1639: 270 musketeers and 160 pikemen
  • August 1641: 3 officers, 10 NCOs, 5 others, 194 privates

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