Sir Charles Erskine of Alva’s Foot

Active1649 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Charles Erskine
Area RaisedDumbarton?
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Covenanter foot in garrison at Dumbarton Castle

Service History

1649

  • Erskine appointed governor of Dumbarton Castle

1650

  • Garrison of Dumbarton Castle and Dunglas Castle
  • November: Erskine ordered back to Dumbarton to prepare its defence

1651

  • October: Monck tries to persuade Erskine to surrender
  • December: Dumbarton besieged, Erskine surrenders to Lambert on the 29th

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

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Notable Officers

Sir Charles Erskine of Alva

Strength

  • 1650: A lieutenant, sergeant, corporal , drummer and gunner with 54 men at Dumbarton, and ensign and corporal with 30 men at Dunglas

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