Colonel James Rae’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1647
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelJames Rae
Area RaisedEdinburgh
Coat ColourGrey
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeven 1643-4
Leslie 1645?
Garrison 1645-7

Covenanter Regiment of Foot raised for service in England, forming part of Leven's army

Service History

1643

  • September: Raised in Edinburgh

1644

  • January: Skirmish at Shieldfield Fort
  • April to July: Siege of York
  • 2nd July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • July: Siege of York
  • July to October: Siege of Newcastle
  • Quarter in Northumberland
  • October to July 1645: Siege of Carlisle?

1645

  • July: Perhaps garrison Carlisle after its surrender?
  • August: Commanded party sent out of Carlisle

1646

  • Garrison of Carlisle?

1647

  • February: Return to Scotland and disbanded

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

Rae's foot appears to have been in garrison in England from 1645, likely at Carlisle

Coats, Flags & Equipment

The regiment was likely dressed in ubiquitous Scots hodden grey with blue bonnets.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 1. The Army of the Covenant 1639-1651 Partizan Press 1998 ISBN 094652550

Colonel James Rae

Strength

  • 1643: 1200 intended to be raised in 10 companies
  • March 1645: 482 officers & men
  • August 1645: 511 officers & men
  • September 1645: 313 officers & men
  • December 1645: 340 officers & men
  • January 1646: 433 officers & men
  • June 1646: 516 officers & men
  • August 1646: 550 officers & men
  • September 1646: 540 officers & men

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