Master of Lovat’s Regiment of Foot

Active1649 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir James Fraser
Hugh, 8th Lord Lovat
Lt Col Alexander Fraser
Area RaisedInverness
Coat ColourGrey?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650
Charles 1651

Also known as the Tutor of Lovat's or Lord Fraser's Regiment of Foot

Covenanter Highlanders of Clan Fraser fighting at Dunbar and Worcester

Service History

1649

  • February: Inverness lost to Mackenzie of Pluscardine's Royalist rising, Sir James Fraser of Brea, the governor, was absent in the south
  • Lt Hugh Fraser holds Lovat Castle with 100 men, while 200 of the clan are at Strathspey

1650

  • July: Sir James Fraser of Brea commissioned colonel to raise a regiment in Inverness-shire
  • Join Leslie's army
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar (det of ~3 coy) ~100 men
  • Sir James Fraser of Brea dies soon after Dunbar, likely of wounds sustained at the battle
  • December: Alexander Fraser, Master and Tutor of Lovat, is given command, though possibly as Lt Col to the 7 year old Lord Lovat

1651

  • April: Recruiting taking place, 800 men muster at Inverness and the Tutor selects 400 of them for service in the unit
  • May: Arrive at Stirling after marching via Badenoch and Appin
  • 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

Hugh Fraser, 7th Lord Lovat, had led his clansmen on behalf of the Covenanters but died in 1646. His son and heir, Hugh Fraser, 8th Lord Lovat was only born in 1643. Therefore it fell to the Master and Tutor to lead the clan regiment during the time of the Third Civil War. The regiment was known as the Master of Lovat's, the Tutor of Lovat's or Lord Fraser's Foot.

Coats and Flags

Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988 ISBN 094652550 1

Sir James Fraser of Brea, Tutor of Lovat

Appears to be in command of the Lovat Frasers following the death of 7th Lord Lovat in 1646. He died, likely of wounds, soon after the Battle of Dunbar.

Thomas Fraser

Lieutenant Colonel, brother of James

Alexander Fraser, Master and Tutor of Lovat

Master of Lovat from 1643, he took over the unit and the title of Tutor of Lovat after the death of Sir James Fraser. He may have been Colonel in his own right, or Lieutenant Colonel to Lord Lovat. He was captured at Worcester but managed to escape.

Hugh Lovat, 8th Lord Lovat

Born in 1643, he was perhaps titular Colonel at the age of 7 in 1650.

Strength

  • February 1649: Around 300, 100 at Lovat Castle, 200 at Strathspey
  • July 1650: 750 levies ordered
  • April 1651: 400 men in 6 or 7 companies
  • June 1651: 528 men
  • July 1651: 522 common soldiers

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