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King’s Lifeguard of Horse

Active1650 to 1651
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
ConflictsThird Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelCharles II
Earl of Eglinton
Area Raised
Flag ColourBlue
Flag Design3 known
Field ArmiesCharles 1651

Covenanter cavalry regiment raised in the Third Civil War as a Lifeguard for Charles Stuart

Service History

1650

  • Raised

1651

  • September: Battle of Worcester

Notes

Led in the field by the Earl of Eglinton

Flags & Equipment

Charles’ Lifeguard of horse carried three cornets, recorded by Sir James Balfour. All had a blue filed and gold fringe and the inscription COVENANT FOR RELIGIONE KING AND KINGDOMES on the reverse side. The first had a crown above a crossed sword and sceptre above the motto NOBLIS HAEC INVICTA MISERVNT, all in gold. The second had a crowned thistle proper surrounded by the motto NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT and the third had a small white saltire above the motto PRO RELIGION ET PATRIA. 1)

Notable Officers

Charles II

Earl of Eglinton

Strength

  • 3 troops

See Also

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