Sir Arthur Erskine of Scotscraig’s, the Ministers’ Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Second Civil War
ColonelSir Arthur Erskine
Area RaisedScotland
Coat ColourGrey or Black??
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeven 1644-7

Covenanter Regiment of Foot raised by the Ministers of the Kirk, forming part of Leven’s army in England

Service History


  • September: Begin to be raised


  • January: Join Leven's army
  • April to July: Siege of York
  • 2nd July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • July: Siege of York
  • July: Quartered in Yorkshire
  • August to October: Siege of Newcastle


  • July to September: Siege of Hereford
  • November to May 1646: Siege of Newark


  • May to January 1647: Quartered in Northern England


  • February: Return to Scotland and disbanded


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

Raised by the clergy of Scotland to be ane regiment for maintenance of religion and thus known as the Ministers' regiment.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Allegedly the regiment wore black coats made from old clerical garb donated by the Ministers of Scotland. However currently have no original source for this so requires confirmation.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 1. The Army of the Covenant 1639-1651 Partizan Press 1998 ISBN 094652550

Sir Arthur Erskine


  • February 1644: 3 companies
  • Summer 1644: 5 companies
  • December 1644: 464 men
  • March 1645: 385 men
  • January 1646: 256 men
  • April 1646: 243 men

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