Lord Kirkcudbright’s Regiment of Foot

1649 to 1650
ConflictsSecond Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelLord Kirkcudbright
Area RaisedGalloway
Wigton & Kirkcudbright
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesWhiggamores 1648
Leslie 1650
Kerr 1650

Later, Lord Kirkcudbright's Regiment of Dragoons

Covenanter Foot from Galloway fighting at Dunbar and joining the Western Association as Dragoons

Service History


  • September: Kirkcudbright raises a contingent of Whiggamores from Galloway
  • September: Join the Whiggamore main force at Falkirk
  • September: Disbanded after the Treaty of Stirling


  • February: Kirkcudbright commissioned colonel for Galloway, Ayr and Renfrew to raise 800 foot, but recruiting is poor


  • August: Raised in Galloway
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar
  • September: Join the Western Association and are mounted as Dragoons
  • December: Battle of Hamilton
  • Survivors join Strachan who soon surrenders to the English


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

The 1648 Whiggamore unit were likely not formally regimented and likely included some horse.

The 1650 regiment were mounted as Dragoons after Dunbar.

Coats and Flags

Wore buff coats while serving in the Western Association as Dragoons.

Notable Officers

John MacClellan, 3nd Lord Kirkcudbright

Not to be confused with 2nd Lord Kirkcudbright who led a regiment of horse in 1644.

Sergeant-Major Agnew


  • Februay 1649: 800 to be raised but only 58 raised from Galloway
  • August 1649: 450 to be raised from Galloway
  • July 1650: 900 men to be raised from Galloway
  • September 1650: 400 dragoons, after Dunbar

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