Lord Boyd’s Regiment of Foot

Active1640 to 1641
ConflictsSecond Bishops’ War
ColonelLord Boyd
Area RaisedAyrshire
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Field ArmiesLeslie 1640-1

Covenanter foot forming part of Leslie’s army in the Second Bishops’ War

Service History


  • Raised in Ayrshire
  • Join Leslie’s army at the Borders
  • August: Cross the Tweed at Coldstream
  • August: Take Newcastle
  • August to August 1641: Occupy Newcastle
  • November: Boyd dies


  • August: Return to Scotland and disbanded after the Treaty of London


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

Notable Officers

Robert, 8th Lord Boyd

A reluctant Covenanter, he died in November 1640, his successor is unknown, but possibly James, 9th Lord Boyd.

Major Hogg

Frequented Abigail Wemyss, a notorious whore, and helped her evade prosecution.


  • 500 men in 1640

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