MacGregor Highlanders

Active1644 to 1645
1651
1653 to 1654
CountryScotland
AllegianceCovenanter
Royalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Third Civil War
Glencairn’s Rising
TypeHighlanders
ColonelPatrick Roy MacGregor
Callum and Ewan MacGregor
Area RaisedRannoch
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMontrose 1645
Middleton 1654

Highland clan contingent briefly mustered for the Covenanters, then fighting for the Royalists at Inverlochy, Worcester and in Glencairn’s Rising

Service History

1644

  • September: Mustered for the Covenanters and quartered in Perth
  • December: Join Montrose’s invasion of Argyll

1645

  • February: Battle of Inverlochy

1651

  • June: Callum and Ewan MacGregor summoned to bring their men to Stirling by King Charles II
  • September: Battle of Worcester
  • December: Carry out minor raids against the English

1654

  • July: Battle of Dalnaspidal

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

Clan MacGregor had been outlawed in 1603 and bore a deep enmity for the Campbells. Their brief service under the Covenanters seems to have been a ruse.

They swiftly obeyed Charles' summons to join the army in 1651, perhaps hoping for rehabilitation of the clan, after the Restoration Charles II removed the proscription of their name.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Patrick Roy Macgregor of that Ilk

Callum Macgregor

Commanded in 1651

Ewan Macgregor

Commanded in 1651

Strength

  • December 1651: 800 together with the MacFarlanes, Mackinnons and Macduggans
  • Said to be 200 strong during Glencairn's Rising

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