David Ross of Balnagowan’s Highland Levies

ConflictsFirst Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelDavid Ross of Balnagowan
Area RaisedRoss & Inverness
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesArgyll 1645
Urry 1645
Charles 1651

Covenanter highland levy fighting at Inverlochy, later defeating Montrose at Carbisdale and finally defeated at Worcester

Service History


  • January to February: Join Seaforth
  • February: Battle of Inverlochy
  • May: Battle of Auldearn


  • April: Ross raises his clansmen and joins Strachan
  • April: Battle of Carbisdale
  • December: Ross commissioned Colonel and a regiment ordered to be levied in Ross and Inverness-shire


  • May to July: At Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester, the regiment destroyed and Ross 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

Clan Ross Part of the force of Highland levies led to Inverlochy by the Earl of Seaforth.

Flags, Coats and Equipment

Unusually some details of the unit's clothing survive. They wore red Ross tartan trews and blue 'French' bonnets in 1651.

Notable Officers

David Ross of Balnagowan

12th chief of the Rosses, he was imprisoned at Windsor Castle and the Tower of London until paroled, but died soon after in 1653.


  • April 1650: 400 men together with the Munros
  • June: 416 men
  • July: 476 soldiers

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