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SCOTS COVENANTER        

SCOTS COVENANTER

Historical Overview

The Covenanters are so named because in a series of bands or covenants they bound themselves to maintain the Presbyterian doctrine and policy as the sole form of religion of their country. The first "godly band" of the Lords of the Congregation and their followers is dated December 1557; but more important is the covenant of 1581, drawn up by John Craig in consequence of the strenuous efforts Roman Catholics were making to regain their hold upon Scotland.

In 1637, Scotland was in a state of turmoil. King Charles I and William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, met with a reverse in their efforts to impose a new liturgy on the Scots as a riot against its use was orchestrated in St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, ostensibly started by Jenny Geddes. Fearing further measures on the part of the king, it occurred to Archibald Johnston (Lord Warriston) to revive the National Covenant of 1581. Together with the cooperation of Alexander Henderson, a revitalized National Covenant was finalized in early 1638.

For the following ten years of civil war in Britain, the Covenanters were the de facto government of Scotland. In 1642, they sent an army to Ulster in Ireland to protect the Scottish settlers there from the Irish Catholic rebels who had attacked them in the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The Scottish army remained in Ireland until the end of the civil wars, but was confined to its garrison around Carrickfergus after its defeat at the Battle of Benburb in 1646.

A further Covenanter military intervention began in 1643. The leaders of the English Parliament, worsted in the English Civil War, implored the aid of the Scots, which was promised on condition that the Scottish system of church government would be adopted in England. After some haggling, a document called the "Solemn League and Covenant" was drawn up which called for the preservation of the reformed religion in Scotland and the extirpation of popery and prelacy. This agreement meant that the Covenanters sent another army south to England to fight on the Parliamentarian side in the First English Civil War. The Scottish armies in England were instrumental in bringing about the victory of the English Parliament over the King.

In turn, this sparked the outbreak of civil war in Scotland in 1644–47, as Scottish Royalist opponents of the Covenanters took up arms against them. The Covenanters' enemies, led by James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose and aided by an Irish expeditionary force and Highland clans led by Alasdair MacColla won a series of victories over hastily raised Covenanter forces in 1644–45. However, the Scottish Royalists were ultimately defeated in September 1645, at the Battle of Philiphaugh, near Selkirk. The disaster at Philiphaugh was largely due to the Royalists' own disunity and the return of the main Covenanter armies from England.

Tactics

  • This can be an astonishingly large army with the cheap and numerous Frame Gun units bulking it out and boosting break points
  • The Horse are very poor in period indeed, and will even struggle to have an impact on the game if they arrive behind the enemy flank.
  • Massed horse isn't going to work at all, anywhere.
  • The Highlanders can be very effective in a tight theme, as many Royalist armies have shotte-only firelock units that are vulnerable to the Highlanders swords.
  • The army is so big that the 3 Poor units that are compulsory in some datelines can actually be found places to stand and offer rear support for the very many other Average units you can buy

Manufacturers

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Almost everyone does ECW figures

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Lists

Name and Date
Great, Field (for the 3-horse unit flank march) and 2xTCs
  • 1 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 1 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 2 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 2 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 3 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 3 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 4 Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 5 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 5 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 6 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 6 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 7 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 7 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 8 Campbell of Lawes Foote HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 2
  • 8 Campbell of Lawes Foote MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 4
  • 9 Foote Regiments HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 9 Foote Regiments MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 10 Gunnes Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 11 Gunnes Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 12 Gunnes Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 13 Gunnes Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 14 Horse Horse Unarmoured Poor Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 15 Unregimented Highlanders Warriors Unarmoured Average Bow* Impact Ft. Sword 8
  • 16 Horse Horse Unarmoured Average Pistol Pistol 4
  • 17 Horse Horse Unarmoured Average Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 18 Horse Horse Unarmoured Average Lt Lance Sword 4


2nd place list used by Alasdair Harley at Central London Southern League 2013
  • 1 Scots Heavy Artillery Artillery Average Hvy Art 2
  • 2 Scots Heavy Artillery Artillery Average Hvy Art 2
  • 3 Scots Militia Regt MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 3 HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 4 Scots Militia Regt MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 4 HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 5 Scots Regular Regt MF Unarmoured Average Musket'* 4
  • 5 HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 6 Scots Regular Regt MF Unarmoured Average Musket'* 4
  • 6 HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 7 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 8 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 9 Frame Guns Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 10 Scots Cavalry Horse Unarmoured Average Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 11 Parliamentarian Regular Regt MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 11 HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 12 Parliamentarian Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 3
  • 13 Parliamentarian Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 3
  • 14 Parliamentrian Horse Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 15 Parliamentrian Horse Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 16 Parliamentrian Horse Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4

Gordon Jamieson's 800AP list from Central London Southern League 2013
  • 1 Pike HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 1 Shotte MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 2 Pike HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 2 Shotte MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 3 Pike HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 3 Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 4 Pike HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 4 Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 5 Light artillery Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 6 English Pike HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 6 English Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 7 English Pike HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 7 English Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 8 Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 9 Lancers Horse Unarmoured Average Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 10 Pike HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 10 Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 11 English Commanded Shotte MF Unarmoured Average Musket 2 Cmd Shot
  • 12 English horse Horse Armoured Average Pistol Pistol 4
  • 13 English horse Horse Armoured Average Pistol Pistol 4
  • 14 Heavy artillery Artillery Average Hvy Art 2
  • 15 English medium artillery Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 16 English veterans: Pike HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 2
  • 16 English veterans: Shotte MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 4
  • 17 English veterans: Pike HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 2
  • 17 English veterans: Shotte MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 4


800AP list used by Dave Allen at the Challenge,2012
  • 1 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 1 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 2 English Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 2 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 3 English Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 3 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 4 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 4 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 5 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 5 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 6 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 4
  • 6 MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 7 Scots Foot DETACHED MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 8 Scots Horse Horse Unarmoured Poor Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 9 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 10 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 11 English Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Poor Musket 4
  • 12 English Artillery (Med Art) Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 13 Scots Frames (Lt Art) Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 14 Commanded Foot MF Unarmoured Average Musket 2 Cmd Shot
  • 15 Commanded Foot MF Unarmoured Average Musket 2 Cmd Shot
  • 16 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4
  • 17 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4
  • 18 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4
  • 19 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4
  • 20 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4

800AP list used at Britcon by Dave Allen
  • 1 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 1 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 2 English Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 2 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 3 English Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 3 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 4 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 4 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 5 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 5 MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 6 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 6 MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 7 Scots Foot HF Unarmoured Poor Pike Pike 2
  • 7 MF Unarmoured Poor Musket'* 4
  • 8 Scots Horse Horse Unarmoured Poor Lt Lance Sword 4
  • 9 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 10 Scots Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 2
  • 11 English Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 12 English Artillery (Med Art) Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 13 Scots Frames (Lt Art) Artillery Average Lt Art 2
  • 14 Commanded Foot MF Unarmoured Average Musket 2 Cmd Shot
  • 15 English Horse Horse Armoured Average Carbine Pistol 4
  • 16 Easter Ass'n Horse Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 17 Easter Ass'n Horse Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
2 Allied TCs, 2 Normal TCs

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