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The Colonel Richard Douglas Regiment was a Covenanter regiment of foot serving in the Second Civil War


In May 1648, Richard Douglas was instructed to levy 1000 men They were raised in the Stirling area, and in Roxburgh & Selkirk, and in July they participated in the Preston Campaign. In August they took part in the Battle of Winwick Pass.

That same month, when part of Duke of Hamilton's Brigade, 10 officers, 7 sergeants and 124 men surrendered to the New Model Army at Winwick and Warrington. 10 colours were also captured.


In 1651, Douglas took over Sir Andrew Kerr of Greenhead’s Regiment of Foot.  The subsequent history of this Regiment is not clear. In 1651, they were part of the Garrison of Dundee and possibly besieged there from August to September, and destroyed at the 'Storm of Dundee'.


Richard Douglas was son of Sir William Douglas of Cavers; his father who had earlier raised his own regiment, refused the Engagers' commission in 1648. Sir William died in 1676, but Richard was not listed as a son at that time, giving strength to the theory he was killed at Dundee.



• Flags are identified among those captured on the Preston campaign. As was common for Scots foot regiments, the Colonel's company carried a white flag while other companies carried coloured flags. The white flag had a cloud and arm holding a sword with the motto DOE OR DIE (A Douglas of Cavers motto) and a scroll with the inscription COVENANT FOR RELIGION KING AND KINGDOMES (though partly ripped). Flags of the other companies were red with white saltire. The inscription was Couenant for Religion King and and Kingdomes.


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