Sir George Preston of Valleyfield’s Regiment of Foot

Active1649 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir George Preston
Area RaisedPerthshire
Coat ColourGrey?
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignWhite saltire
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650
Charles 1651

Service History

1649

  • February: Preston commissioned colonel to raise a regiment of foot in Perthshire

1650

  • Summer: Preston raises his regiment and joins Leslie
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar
  • At Stirling

1651

  • April: One company at Dumbarton
  • April: Ordered to quarter at the Head of the Forth
  • May: Join the field army at Stirling
  • May: Ordered to Renfrew
  • June: Return to Stirling
  • 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

Coats and Flags

Flags of Preston's regiment were captured at Dunbar. The Colonel's is white with a black unicorn as a crest and a damaged scroll bearing the inscription COVENANT… RELIG… KING…KINGDOM. The others have red field with white saltire and black devices; label; star; crescent; martlet; and numbers. 1)

Notable Officers

Sir George Preston of Valleyfield

Strength

  • February 1649: 1200 to be raised, reduced to 900, but few are raised until summer 1650
  • June & July 1651: 234 men

See Also

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