Sir Alexander Stewart’s Regiment of Foot

Active1649 to 1650
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Alexander Stewart
Area RaisedEdinburgh
Coat Colour
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignWhite saltire in canton
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650

Covenanter regiment of foot serving at Dunbar and at Edinburgh Castle in the Third Civil War

Service History

1649

  • Raised in Edinburgh

1650

  • September: Battle of Dunbar destroyed
  • September to December: Besieged at Edinburgh Castle (1 coy)

Notes

Stewart’s regiment were destroyed at Dunbar, but had left a detachment of one company at Edinburgh Castle, that was besieged until the December.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Flags of the regiment were captured at Dunbar. The Colonel’s is white with a large three-towered castle on a rock, the motto COVANANT FOR RELIGION KING AND KINGDOMES surrounded by a wreath, with the crest of an arm and sword. The Lt Col’s was red with a similar castle , motto and wreath, but no rock and a crest of a quill and bible with the motto EXVRGO. One was plain red. The remainder had a red field, white saltire in a canton and some had additional yellow stars, with the inscription COVENANT FOR RELIGION KING AND KINGDOMES.1)

Notable Officers

Alexander Stewart

Referred to as Sir Alexander, but no record of his knighthood exists.

Strength

See Also

1) Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988