Montrose's Irish Army

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Montrose's Irish Army

Post by musket »

Any info around about what colour coats they wore? I have read that they were in the same colour as the Scots at Philliphaugh,but any other info out there?

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Re: Montrose's Irish Army

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Even those soldiers issued with coats often did not have uniform coats: the further away from the centres such as London /Oxford etc the less liable they are to have clothing issued at all.

Unless it can be proved that issues of specific coloured coats occured the safest assumption is that they wore civilian clothing, or at best ununiformed issued coats.

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Re: Montrose's Irish Army

Post by Strafford »

If you read John Buchan or C V Wedgewood, you will find that theses guys were fighting 'in what they stood up in'. They, and the Highlanders were amazing fighters. Even though the Highlanders liked to plunder a place and then go home to celebrate.
300 of these Irish fighters were cut down by General Sir David Leslie after surrendering on terms. That included women and children. In a previous incident, Leslie was admonished by the Committee of Estates for allowing some Royalists liberal terms. (Yes.... The Committee of Estates were initially ant royalist). The Reverend gentlement of the Committee, told Leslie that 'God' wouldn't mind if they agreed terms, disarmed the enemy and then killed them.

The term 'ragged' could be used for Montrose's Irish,

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