Earl of Eglinton’s Whiggamores

Active1648
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsSecond Civil War
TypeFoot
Horse
ColonelEarl of Eglinton
Area RaisedKyle
Cunningham
Renfrewshire
Clydesdale
Avondale
Lesmahagow
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesWhiggamores 1648

The main force of the anti-Engager Whiggamore Raid of 1648

Service History

1648

  • August to September: Raised in Kyle, Cunningham, Renfrewshire, Clydesdale, Avondale and Lesmahagow
  • Septeber: Take Edinburgh Castle (5th)
  • September: March to Falkirk
  • September: Disbanded after the Treaty of Stirling

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

Not a regiment, but a 6000 strong force of horse and foot participating in something in-between a military coup and a peasants' revolt known as the Whiggamore Raid. Eglinton and Loudon mobilised opposition in Scotland to the pro-Royalist Engagers once the disaster at Preston became known. Having taken Edinburgh, they marched to Falkirk and negotiated with the Engagers, resulting in the Treaty of Stirling by which all forces were disbanded.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Earl of Eglinton

Strength

  • September 1648: 6000 horse and foot

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