Earl of Moray’s Highland Regiment

Active1644 to 1647
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Second Civil War
ColonelEarl of Moray
Area RaisedElgin, Nairn & Inverness
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Field ArmiesArgyll 1645
Baillie 1645

Covenanter highland levy fighting at Inverlochy and Alford, raised again in 1648

Service History


  • February: Moray assigned 1500 recruits from Elgin, Nairn & Inverness
  • Intended for service in England, instead they remain in Scotland
  • September: Detachment in garrison at Stirling
  • December: Under Baillie's command but transferred to Argyll's force at Dumbarton


  • February: Battle of Inverlochy
  • April: Stormed at Dundee??
  • May to July: Serving with Baillie
  • July: Battle of Alford
  • August: The regiment is described as 'broken' after Alford but is retained in service
  • Autumn: In garrison at Perth




  • May: Moray commissioned colonel for Moray, Nairn and Inverness and is appointed Governor of Inverness
  • May: 200 of Moray's foot to garrison Inverness
  • September: Likely disbanded


Histories of both Moray's and Lt Col Cockburn's foot are shown in Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0. Reid identifies Cockburn as belonging to Moray's regiment, they formed part of the force of Highland levies led to Inverlochy by the Earl of Seaforth and were quickly routed during the battle.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Earl of Moray

Lt Col John Cockburn

Lt Col James Grant of Freuchie


  • December 1644: 550 foot
  • May 1648: Establishment of 1500

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