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Sir George Buchannan’s Regiment of Foot

Active1639
1644 to 1645
1650 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Bishops' War
First Civil War
Third Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir George Buchannan
Area RaisedStirling & Linlithgow
Coat ColourGrey?
Flag ColourBlue?
Flag DesignWhite saltire?
Field ArmiesLeslie 1639
Urry 1645
Leslie 1650

Covenanter foot from Stirlingshire, serving on and off throughout the Civil Wars

Service History

1639

  • Raised in western Stirlingshire
  • Join Leslie’s army at Dun’s Law
  • June: Standoff at Dun’s Law
  • June: Disbanded following the Treaty of Birks

1644

  • Raised anew for service in Scotland
  • October: In garrison at Inverness

1645

  • May: Battle of Auldearn (det)

1650

  • Raised in Stirling and Linlithgow
  • September: Battle of Dunbar

1651

  • Recruits allocated from Stirling

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

One of the few Highland units in Leslie’s army of 1639. Also known as the Laird of Buchanan's Regiment

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Possibly blue flags with white saltires but conjectural.1)

Notable Officers

Sir George Buchannan of that Ilk

Sir George Buchanan of Buchanan, Laird of Buchanan

Strength

  • 1639: Approximately 1000 foot

See Also

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