Lord Banff’s Regiment of Foot

Active1648
1650 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsSecond Civil War
Third Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelLord Banff
Master of Banff
Area RaisedBanffshire
Aberdeenshire
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Covenanter regiment of foot raised by a noted Royalist during the Second and Third Civil Wars

Service History

1648

  • May: Lord Banff commissioned Colonel of foot for Banffshire and Aberdeenshire
  • September: Likely disbanded after the Treaty of Stirling

1650

  • December: Master of Banff commissioned colonel of foot for Banffshire

1651

  • Raised in Banffshire
  • June: At Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester

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

Little is known of their activities during 1648.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Lord Banff

Sir George Ogilvy of Banff (d. 1663) led the Scots Royalists at the attempt on Towie-Barclay Castle, Trot of Turriff and occupation of Aberdeen in May 1639. In 1642 he was created 1st Lord Banff. In the Second and Third Civil Wars he raised nominally Covenanter regiments for the Engagers and Charles II respectively.

Master of Banff

Lord George's son, may have commanded the 1648 regiment and certainly commanded in 1651, being captured at Worcester but escaping.

Strength

  • May 1648: Established at 800 men but to be reduced to 725 after an outbreak of the plague at Aberdeen
  • June 1651: 526 soldiers
  • July 1651: 515 soldiers

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