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Colonel James Campbell of Ardkinglas’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1647
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJames Campbell
Area RaisedWestern Isles
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Field ArmiesLeslie 1647

Scots Covenanter Highlanders, later regimented and forming part of the Scots New Model Army

Service History


  • December: Campbell of Ardkinglas commissioned deputy lieutenant to Argyll in the Western Isles


  • 600 men levied to oppose Irish raiding parties in the Western Isles
  • May: Campaign in Mull
  • May: Take Rathlin Island (supported by a frigate)
  • June: Pursue the MacDonalds to Islay and Jura
  • June: Ardkinglas raises 500 Campbells
  • Campaigning with Argyll
  • September: Join Argyll's campaign in north-eastern Scotland
  • From Aberdeen, march on Inverness, Badenoch and Atholl
  • November: Probably return west from Huntly via Speyside, Badenoch and Lochaber


  • Winter: Ardkinglas raises a force of Campbell refugees in Argyll


  • January: Siege of Loch Dochart Castle, previously seized by the MacNabs
  • January: Siege of Edinample Castle, Loch Earn
  • Joined by men of Clan Menzies and Stewarts of Balquhidder
  • February: Skirmish at Callendar, Ardkinglas' force routed
  • Retire to Stirling, Renfrewshire, then Lennox
  • April?: Raise siege of Skipness Castle, killing MacColla's brother Archibald MacDonald (Siege ends in August?)
  • Quartered in Ayrshire
  • May: Land at Cowal
  • May to June: Besiege Toward and Ascog Castles
  • June: Massacre the Lamonts at Dunoon churchyard



  • April: Detachment ordered to attack Clanranald in the Western Isles
  • June: Support the Kirk Party
  • Remain in quarters


  • Last mention of the unit, at Dunblane


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

Ardkinglas' unit initially consisted of Campbell Highlanders and were probably more of a warband than a regiment. They were more formally regimented during 1646. Like Argyll's Highland regiment it also incorporated a large number of refugees.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

James Campbell of Ardkinglas


  • Early 1644: 600 men levied
  • June 1644: 500 men levied
  • September 1644: 800 men
  • February 1646: 1200 with the Menzies and Stewarts
  • January 1647: 1500 men

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