William, Master of Cranstoun’s Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1647
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelMaster of Cranstoun
Area RaisedEdinburgh
Coat ColourGrey
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCallendar 1644

Covenanter Regiment of Foot serving at the siege of Newcastle

Service History

1644

  • Spring: Raised around Edinburgh
  • April: Cranstoun musters men on the Borders
  • May: Rendezvous at Douglas
  • Raid Cumberland before likely disbanding
  • June: Form part of Callendar's army
  • July to October: Siege of Newcastle

1645

  • August to January 1646: Detachment of 155 men serving in Scotland

1646

1647

  • February: Disbanded

1648

  • May: Lord Cranston commissioned Colonel of Foot for Edinburghshire,

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 information apart from muster figures is available for 1645-6.

Nothing is known of the 1648 regiment apart from a recruit being prosecuted for prenuptual fornication. Cranston seems instead to have concentrated on raising his regiment of horse.

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

Master of Cranstoun

Strength

  • May 1645: 521
  • May 1645: 464
  • July 1645: 471
  • August 1645: 310
  • December 1645: 370
  • January 1646: 485
  • March 1646: 500+
  • June: 600+
  • July: 626

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