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Sir James Douglas of Mouswall’s Regiment of Foot

Active1649 to 1650
ConflictsThird Civil War
ColonelSir James Douglas
Area RaisedDumfries
Coat ColourGrey
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650

Later Sir James Douglas of Mouswall's Regiment of Dragoons

Covenanter foot fighting at Dunbar, later serving as dragoons

Service History


  • February: Douglas commissioned colonel of a regiment of foot to be raised in Dumfriesshire


  • Join Leslie's army
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar - Brigaded with Kerr and Wedderburn
  • September: Douglas escapes to Stirling
  • October: Douglas raising dragoons in Annandale and Dumfriesshire, probably including the remnants of his regiment of foot
  • December: Heading towards Glasgow, news of the English victory at Hamilton persuades Douglas to disband them to avoid capture


  • June: Douglas offers to raise his men again, and is given a warrant to do so, but was likely unsuccessful as there is no further mention of the unit


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

Notable Officers

Sir James Douglas of Mouswall


  • February 1649: 600 foot to be raised
  • August 1649: Dumfriesshire ordered to levy 450 men for the regiment, suggesting only 150 had been raised so far
  • September 1650: Nithsdale to provide 900 foot levies for Douglas, instead they offer 500 dragoons, which is accepted
  • October 1650: 400 dragoons raised in Annandale and Dumfriesshire

See Also


williamd, 28/11/2018 16:18
This is probably James Douglas of Mouswald (in Dumfriesshire). (ie not Mousewall)
Whether this is the senior James, who was father to the 1st Earl of Queensberry or the son, also James, I have still to determine.
There was another James, of the third generation.
tim, 30/11/2018 21:53
Thanks williamd, have added above
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