Colonel Augustine Hoffman’s Moss Troopers

Active1650 to 1652
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelAugustine Hoffman
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesBrowne 1651

Service History

1650

  • Autumn: Hoffman raises moss troopers, operating in the Lothians
  • December: Relief of Edinburgh Castle

1651

  • 20 July: Battle of Inverkeithing - ~2-300 men
  • Hoffman joins forces with Capt Gordon, raiding in the Aberdeen-Inverness area

1652

  • Hoffman flees to Norway

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

Augustine the Mosser was the most notorious leader of the 'moss troopers', raised from the shattered Scots cavalry after Dunbar. Furgol identifies him as the Augustine Hoffman serving in Maj. Gen. David Leslie’s Regiment of Horse during the First Civil War. he led an audacious relief of Edinburgh Castle in December 1650, though it was soon to fall. At Inverkeithing his regiment was brigaded with Lord Balcarres' horse.

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Notable Officers

Augustine Hoffman

A German soldier of fortune.

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