Sir Charles Arnott’s Regiment of Horse

1649 to 1651
ConflictsThird Civil War
ColonelSir Charles Arnott
Area RaisedFife
Flag ColourRed
Flag Design2 known
Field ArmiesLeslie 1650
Browne 1651

Covenanter horse of the Third Civil War

Service History


  • 2nd February: Inverlochy??


  • June: Arnott leading an 'old troop' as Lt Col
  • Quartered in Lanark, Ayr and Renfrewshire


  • Expanded to a regiment of 3 troops, with recruits from Fife
  • 3rd September: Battle of Dunbar - 3 troops
  • September: Ordered to Burntisland
  • September to November: Quartered in Fife


  • March: Major Johnston cited for treason and defects to the English
  • May: Assigned to 3rd cavalry brigade under Sir John Brown
  • June: Ordered to Stirling
  • July: Battle of Inverkeithing


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 & Equipment

Two cornet from Arnott's regiment were probably captured at Inverkeithing. Lt Col Govan's was red with a red and white fringe, small yellow star and large sword and a partial inscription S… QV… PA…. Major Johnston's cornet was red with a red and white fringe and a gold arm and sword. 1)

Notable Officers

Sir Charles Arnott

Died of wounds some months after Inverkeithing

Lt Col William Govan

Major William Johnston

Defected to the English


  • 1649: 1 troop
  • 1650: 3 troops

See Also

1) Stuart Reid's Scots Armies of the 17th Century 2: Scots Colours Partizan Press 1988