Colonel Archibald Strachan’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsThird Civil War
ColonelArchibald Strachan
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650

Covenanter horse of the Third Civil war, fighting at Dunbar

Also known as the Ministers' Regiment of Horse

Service History


  • June: Formed from Strachan's troop of Colonel Gilbert Kerr’s Regiment of Horse
  • July: The Ministers of Scotland contribute to raising the regiment
  • July: Skirmish at Musselburgh
  • August: Skirmish at Gogar
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar (right flank)
  • September: Retire to Stirling
  • October: Serving in Western Association army alongside Kerr
  • December: Battle of Hamilton; Lt Col Ralston leads detachment of about 100 horse
  • December: Rally at Kyle, but Strachan persuades them to disband
  • December: Strachan takes 30 men to join 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

Flags and Equipment

Probably carried lances at Dunbar. Wore buff coats under the Western Association in October 1650.

Notable Officers

Archibald Strachan


  • June 1650: A single troop
  • July 1650: The Scots Ministers finance the raising of the regiment, hoped to reach 550 horse
  • October 1650: 400 men
  • December 1650: 200 to 250 after Hamilton

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