Lord Lovat’s Fraser Highlanders

Active1639
1644 to 1647
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
First Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelLord Lovat
Area RaisedInverness-shire
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesUrry 1645

Scots Highland contingent of clan Fraser serving in the Bishops’ Wars and First Civil War

Service History

1639

  • Raised in Inverness-shire
  • February: Seize Inverness
  • May: March on Aberdeen, but negotiate with the Royalists at Elgin and return home

1644

  • Lovat musters clan Fraser
  • Garrison a sconce on the Carse of Kingillie, Lovat Castle and Beauly Castle
  • August: Rendezvous with Sutherland and the Northern Covenanters and march to Stratharrick
  • September: Meet Argyll at Forres

1645

  • January to February: With Seaforth
  • May: Join Urry at Inverness
  • May: Battle of Auldearn

1646

  • Garrison Beauly, Wardlaw Sconce, Ulbokie's Sconce, Isle of Aigas and Little Struy

1647

  • Spring: Garrison Chanonry Castle
  • Lose Chanonry Castle to the Mackenzies

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

Probably not formally regimented, Furgol labels them a ‘retinue’.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Joined by 80 musketeers from Inverness in August 1644

Notable Officers

Lord Lovat

Hugh Fraser, 7th Lord Lovat, chief of Clan Fraser died in 1646.

Strength

  • Lose 87 married men at Auldearn

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