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Sir Alexander Sutherland of Duffus’ Regiment of Foot

Active1650 to 1651
ConflictsThird Civil War
ColonelSir Alexander Sutherland
Area RaisedElgin
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Covenanter regiment of the Third Civil War

Service History


  • July: Sutherland commissioned colonel to raise a regiment in Elginshire, Nairnshire and Inverness-shire
  • December: Join the army at Stirling
  • December: Sutherland commissioned colonel of Moray foot


  • May: Quartered at Stirling
  • July: Garrison Perth
  • August: Surrender Perth to Monck, 2 companies march out to Dundee
  • August to September: 2 companies besieged at Dundee
  • September: Massacred at the Storm of Dundee


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

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Notable Officers

Sir Alexander Sutherland

Created Lord Duffus in December 1650, he was governor of Perth in 1651, surrendering to Monck


  • July: 750 men planned to be levied
  • Winter 1650-1: 36 non-commissioned officers, 6 scribes, a drum major and 5 drummers, 2 pipers, 318 private soldiers, 14 sick, besides officers
  • June-July 1651: 470 men
  • July: 451 men
  • July: 84 recruits added

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