Colonel Thomas Dalyell of the Binns’ Regiment of Foot

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Field ArmiesCharles 1651

Covenanter foot led by an Ulster veteran on the Worcester campaign

Service History


  • Dalyell raises or takes over a regiment of foot
  • June: At Stirling
  • September: Battle of Worcester Dalyell captured


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 is uncertain where this unit was levied, perhaps Dalyell took over from another colonel?

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Thomas Dalyell of the Binns

Tam Dalyell previously served in Ulster and came back to Scotland with Munro’s force in 1648. He then returned to Ulster as governor of Carrickfergus until surrendering to the English in November 1649. He is said to have refused to shave his beard after the King's execution. He escaped imprisonment after Worcester and was Major General under Glencairn in 1654 then served the Tsar of Russia. His campaigns against the Covenanters in the 1660s earned him the nicknames “Bluidy Tam” and “The Muscovite De'il”, and he is supposed to have beaten the Devil at cards.


  • June 1651: 658 men
  • July 1651: 664 men

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