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Earl of Loudon’s Regiment of Horse

Active1639
1649 to 1650
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsFirst Bishops' War
Third Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelEarl of Loudon
Area RaisedAyrshire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1639
Leslie 1650

Covenanter Regiment of Horse of the Bishops' Wars, forming part of Leslie’s army, later a troop active in the Third Civil War

Service History

1639

  • Raised in Ayrshire
  • Join Leslie’s army at Duns Law
  • June: Standoff at Duns Law
  • June: Disbanded following the Treaty of Birks

1649

  • Loudon presumably raises a troop of horse, perhaps from Whiggamores he'd led in 1648, it is sometimes known as the Lord Chancellor's Troop
  • June: Loudon's troop is quartered in East Lothian
  • July: A trooper prosecuted for fornication at Haddington

1650

  • June: Ordered to East Lothian
  • Join Leslie's army
  • September: Battle of Dunbar
  • The troop may have disbanded due to losses or perhaps remnants persisted to serve under Loudon, who fought at Worcester and joined Glencairn's rising in 1653

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, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Earl of Loudon

Strength

  • 1639: Loudon led 1200 horse and foot at Duns Law
  • 1649:100 men and a trumpeter in a single troop

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