Sergeant-Major-General Colin Pitscottie’s Regiment of Foot

Active1647 to 1651
ConflictsSecond Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelColin Pitscottie
John Tours
Area Raised Fife
Coat ColourGrey
Flag ColourYellow
Flag DesignBlack saltire
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650
Charles 1651

Also Colonel John Tours’ Regiment of Foot in 1648

Covenanter regiment of foot of the Scots New Model Army, later raised again for the Third Civil War

Service History


  • February: Raised as part of the Scots New Model Army from regiments returning from England
  • August to November 1648: Garrison of Bog of Gight Castle (det under Maj Tours)


  • May: Pitscottie opposes the Engagement and resigns, replaced by as Colonel by Tours
  • September: Pitscottie leads a contingent of Whiggamores, quartering them in Edinburgh
  • September: Both Enagagers and Whiggamores disband after the Treaty of Stirling


  • February: Pitscottie commissioned colonel to raise the regiment anew in Fife and Kinross
  • May to Spring 1650: In garrison at Perth


  • Join Leslie's army
  • September: Battle of Dunbar ~400 men in Pitscottie's Brigade
  • September: Retreat to Stirling


  • May: Quartered at Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester, Pitscottie captured


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

Colours captured at Dunbar and tentatively identified as Pitscottie's were yellow with a black saltire. Devices in gold included a star; martlet; ring; fleur de lis. The inscription read Couanant for Religion King and Kingdomes.1)

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988 ISBN 094652550 1

Colin Pitscottie

Major General at Dunbar and brigade commander at Worcester

John Tours

Major in 1647 then Colonel in 1648


  • 1647: Established at 800 men in 6 companies
  • February 1649: 400 men to be levied
  • July 1649: 400 men in 4 companies
  • June 1651: 230 men
  • July 1651: 231 men

See Also

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