Sir James Arnot of Ferny’s Regiment of Foot

Active1639
1645
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir James Arnot of Ferny
Area RaisedFife
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Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesBaillie 1645

Raised as a company of musketeers in the First Bishops' War, later Fife levies fighting for the Covenanters at Kilsyth

Service History

1639

  • Company of musketeers raised in Fife
  • March: Search the Archbishop of St Andrews' house for illicit weaponry, unsuccessfully

1645

  • July: Raised in Central Fife
  • Mutiny twice while on the march
  • August: Battle of Kilsyth, flee and disperse

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

The 1639 regiment either stayed to defend Fife or joined the Earl of Rothes' Regiment

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Armed solely with muskets in 1639

Notable Officers

Sir James Arnot of Ferny

Strength

  • A company of 60 musketeers in 1639
  • Said to be 1000 men strong in 1645

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