Sir William Douglas’ Regiment of Foot

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Sir William Douglas’ Regiment of Foot was a Covenanter foot regiment guarding the Borders during the Second Bishops’ War, active in 1640 and 1644.

The regiment was raised by Sir William Douglas of Cavers, Sherriff of Teviotdale, in Teviotdale in 1640. to guard the Borders against possible English incursion, and was based at Gerat. Unlikely to have been formally organised, Furgol labels them a 'retinue'.  They numbered 60 men.

In April 1644, the Regiment rendezvous at Douglas for a raid into Cumberland in May.

It was then disbanded

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.

Notes:
•  In 1648, his son, who was Colonel of 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.


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    Sources for this article include:
  • Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990.


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