Sir William Douglas’ Regiment of Foot

ConflictsSecond Bishops’ War
First Civil War
ColonelSir William Douglas
Area RaisedTeviotdale
Coat Colour
Flag Colourred??
Flag Designwhite saltire??
Field Armies

Covenanter foot guarding the Borders during the Second Bishops’ War

Service History


  • Raised in Teviotdale
  • Guard the Borders against possible English incursion, based at Gerat


  • April: Rendezvous at Douglas
  • May: Raid Cumberland
  • 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

Unlikely to have been formally organised, Furgol labels them a 'retinue'. Sir William was offered a commission by the Engagers in 1648 but declined, leaving his son to raise Colonel Richard Douglas’ Regiment of Foot and lead it to defeat at Preston.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

In 1648 Colonel Richard Douglas’ Regiment of Foot carried red flags with a white saltire, possibly Sir William's regiment carried these or similar during the First Civil War.

Notable Officers

Sir William Douglas

Sir William Douglas of Cavers, Sherriff of Teviotdale


  • 1640: 160 men

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