Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum’s Troop of Horse

Active1639
1644-6
CountryScotland
AllegianceRoyalist
Covenanter
Royalist
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
First Civil War
TypeHorse
CaptainIrvine of Drum
Area RaisedScotland
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesAboyne 1639
Huntly 1646

Scots Royalist troop of horse, engaged in the First Bishop’s War of 1639 and the First Civil War briefly as Covenanters, then as part of the Marquis of Huntly’s forces

Service History

1639

  • Raised
  • June: Battle of Megray Hill

1644

  • January: Irvine leads his troop to search Gordon of Haddo's house on behalf of the Covenanters
  • Rejoin the Royalists
  • April: Storm of Montrose
  • May: Defence of Drum Castle?

1646

  • May: Taking of Aberdeen

Notes

A mention of Drum's brief Covenanter service is shown in Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0

Flags & Equipment

At the storm of Montrose Irvine’s troop were equipped with lances.

Notable Officers

Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum

Irvine of Drum led the attack on Montrose in April 1644, which heralded the start of the Royalist campaigns in the Highlands.

Strength

  • One troop only
  • January 1644: 84 horse

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