Donald Farquharson of Monaltrie’s Highland Regiment of Foot

Active1639 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
First Civil War
ColonelsDonald Farquharson of Monaltrie
James Farquharson of Inverey
Area RaisedScots Highlands
Coat ColourUnknown
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesAboyne 1639
Montrose 1644-6

Later James Farquharson of Inverey’s Highland Regiment of Foot

Scots Royalist Highlanders that fought in the First Bishop’s War of 1639, then campaigned with Montrose in the First Civil war.

Service History


  • Raised Scottish Highlands
  • June: Battle of Megray Hill


  • October: Battle of Fyvie
  • December: Raid on Inverary


  • May: Battle of Auldearn
  • 2nd July: Battle of Alford - 300 men
  • 15th August: Battle of Kilsyth - 200 men


  • May: Storm of Aberdeen


Farquharson’s were raised from the Highlands, initially equipped with bows and firelocks, they may well have added pikes by Megray Hill as they are described as 'a standing regiment'. It has been suggested that in the First Civil War they were equipped and formed as a regular regiment of foot as part of Montrose’s army from 1644-46,

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Initially bows and firelocks. Likely pike and shot later.

Notable Officers

Donald Farquharson of Monaltrie

Donald Farquharson led the unit in 1639, and after defeat at the hands of the Covenanters, re-raised his regiment in 1644. In the mean-time he had led a company of the Strathbogie Regiment of Foot during Irvine of Drum’s attack on the town of Montrose in April 1644. He also led the defence of Aberdeen in March 1645, though his forces consisted of cavalry and dragoons, not foot, retiring before Sir John Urry’s Covenanter horse of Earl of Balcarres’ Regiment of Horse.

James Farquharson of Inverey

James Farquharson had taken over the unit by the time of the Battle of Auldearn in May 1645 and led them at the Battles of Alford and Kilsyth.


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