Lord Fraser’s Highland Levies

Active1639
1644 to 1645
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
First Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelLord Fraser
Area RaisedAberdeenshire
Coat Colour
Flag Colourunknown
Flag Designunknown
Field ArmiesMontrose 1639

Contingent of Scots Covenanter Foot at the Trot O’ Turriff in 1639, Aberdeen in 1640 and fighting against Montrose in 1645

Service History

1639

  • March: Raised in Aberdenshire
  • March: Occupy Aberdeen
  • May: Defence of Towie-Barclay Castle
  • May: Trot O’ Turriff
  • May: Occupy Aberdeen
  • June: Skirmish at Brig o’ Dee
  • June: Occupy Aberdeen
  • June: Disbanded following the Treaty of Birks

1644

  • Spring: Raised in Aberdeenshire
  • April: Rendezvous with Argyll at Dunottar Castle
  • May: Occupy Aberdeen
  • May: Taking of Kellie Castle
  • May: Taking of Gight Castle
  • September: Battle of Aberdeen

1645

  • February: Battle of Inverlochy
  • May: Battle of Auldearn
  • May: Skirmish at head of Strathdon

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

Likely not formally regimented in 1639, Furgol labels them a ‘retinue’.

Fraser inflicted the first fatal casualty of the Civil Wars on the 10th of May 1639 when he killed David Prat, a servant of Sir George Gordon of Gight, while defending Towie-Barclay Castle from the Royalists. In 1645 his regiment were part of the force of Highland levies led to Inverlochy by the Earl of Seaforth.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Andrew, 2nd Lord Fraser

Strength

See Also