Lord Johnstone’s Regiment of Foot

Active1640 to 1641
ConflictsSecond Bishops’ War
Third Civil War
ColonelLord Johnstone
Area RaisedDumfriesshire
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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 Annandale
  • Join Leslie’s army at Duns


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


  • June: Johnstone commissioned colonel for Dunfriesshire and Nithsdale
  • August: Having recruited 100 men in Dumfriesshire, the regiment is caught by the English and scattered


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

It’s uncertain whether Johnstone’s regiment entered England in 1640. Clan Johnstone were famous as one of the border reiver clans.

In 1645 Lord Johnstone was supposed to raise one of the Dumfriesshire Regiments of Foot, but this was probably never raised.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

James, 1st Lord Johnstone

James Johnstone later fought at Kilsyth and Philiphaugh on the Royalist side. He was also later created 1st Earl of Hartfell.


  • 1640: 1000 men
  • June 1651: 600 men to be levied
  • August 1651: only 100 recruited

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