The General of Artillery’s Regiment of Foot

Active1650 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelJames Wemyss
Area RaisedFife
Coat Colour
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignWhite saltire
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650
Charles 1651

Service History

1650

  • July: Raised from detachments of all other regiments in the army
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar
  • October: Quartered between Burntisland and Wemyss in Fife
  • November: Quartered in Fife

1651

  • May: Quartered at Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester

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

Flags identified as captured from the regiment at Dunbar are blue with white saltires. Lt Col Wemyss' colour has a central red lion, and inscription COVENANT for Religion King and Kingdomes other flags follow a similar pattern but have a plethora of devices.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

James Wemyss

General of Artillery of the Scots army from 1649, replacing Alexander Hamilton who died in that year.

Lt Col David Wemyss

Killed at Dunbar

Strength

  • September 1650: (After Dunbar) Permitted to levy 700 foot in Fife
  • June 1651: 296 common soldiers
  • July 1651: 299 strong
  • July 1651: 391 men

See Also

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