Sir William Douglas of Kirkness' Regiment of Foot

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Sir William Douglas of Kirkness' Regiment of Foot was a Covenanter regiment of the Third Civil War, later Sir George Douglas' Regiment of Foot

Service History
In July 1650, Douglas was commissioned colonel to raise the regiment in Fife and Kinross; 700 men to be levied.

On 3rd September, at the Battle of Dunbar, Sir William Douglas captured and later died of wounds. T here is a monument in his honour in the grounds of Broxburn House. 30 officers of the Douglas of Kirkness Regiment died that day, as did countless soldiers.

It seems likely that at this point, the regiment was taken over by Sir George Douglas.

In September 1651 Sir George Douglas' Regiment of Foot took part in the Battle of Worcester, where he led.

Notes:
• 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

• Coats, Flags & Equipment
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 red heart, crown and seven stars and the motto NEC TIMERE NEC TIMIDE as well as the inscription COVENANT FOR RELIGION KING AND KINGDOM, all quite crudely drawn. Flags of the other companies were yellow with a black saltire and various distinctions; a gold caravel; a blue fleur de lis. The inscription was Couanant for Religion King and Kingdomes.

• Sir William had a son, George. Did he succeed as Colonel?

See also:
•  Douglas of Kirkness

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