More Jacobite Infantry


I have been painting up some more Jacobite infantry, starting with Roy Stuart’s Brigade.


Here is Colonel John Roy Stuart himself. He was an ardent Jacobite who had served in the Royal Scots Greys before becoming a Captain of Grenadiers in the French Royal Eccossais.

He was appointed as Colonel of his own Roy Stuart’s Edinburgh Regiment.  I doubt if he would have worn Royal Ecossais uniform, since his French rank was junior to several other officers with that Regiment, but his Jacobite rank was senior to them.  I have therefore shown him in a tartan jacket and plaid.  He is a RedBox Militia figure with an added sword.


Roy Stuart’s Regiment is shown below.


Raised in Edinburgh, they are all lowlanders.  They are mainly RedBox militia figures, but do include one Revell AWI American Militia figure, three Airfix AWI figures and one RedBox British Infantry figure, converted as a deserter.  Their flag was recovered safely after Culloden and is recorded as being green.  I have shown it with a Scottish saltire in the top quadrant and a symbolic castle in the centre.  However there is a John Roy Stuart Society which erects a flag at Kincardine in the Cairngorms every year.  Their flag is green with a badge of a silver targe (shield) flanked by a pair of 18th Century pistols, but I suspect this is a modern concept, so I have left mine as it is.

The second Regiment in Colonel John Roy Stuart’s Brigade was Gordon of Glenbuchat’s (or Glenbucket’s) Regiment.  This is shown below.


Although they were in a Brigade with lowlanders, they are normally described as a Highland clan regiment, so I have portrayed them as that.  Most are Strelet’s Jacobites, with a couple of RedBox Loyalist highlanders and two converted Airfix Napoleonic highlanders.  Their white flag, with the Gordon of Glenbuchat’s crest, was rescued from Culloden and still exists.

John Gordon of Glenbuchat himself was elderly and infirm, although a passionate Jacobite, who had commanded a battalion at Sherriffmuir in 1715 and was very instrumental in raising support for Prince Charles as soon as he arrived in Scotland.  He was appointed as a Major General, and presumably did not personally command his battalion, because otherwise he would have outranked Colonel Roy Stuart who commanded the Brigade.  I suspect that the Glenbuchat Regiment was actually commanded by Glenbuchat’s son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel George Forbes of Skellater, although I do not model battalion commanders as such.

Both Roy Stuart’s Regiment and Gordon of Glenbuchat’s Regiment marched together as a Brigade under the command of Colonel Roy Stuart for the invasion of England.  They were not at Falkirk, since they were part of the force besieging Stirling Castle.  At Culloden they were joined by the Duke of Perth’s Regiment, which by then was reduced to a single battalion.

I had already modelled the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Perth’s Regiment, since they were at Prestonpans.  I thought that I would now also model their 2nd Battalion, who took part in the invasion of England and also the siege of Stirling.  They are shown below.


They are lowlanders, most being RedBox Militia figures, although their standard bearer is a Strelets Jacobite (in breeches), there is one converted Airfix AWI figure and one converted RedBox British Infantry deserter.


I needed a commander for the two Battalions of the Duke of Perth’s Regiment.  The Duke of Perth himself was a Lieutenant General acting as a Divisional Commander.


I could have used his Second in Command, Lieutenant Colonel James Drummond, however I decided to model the next most senior officer Major James Stewart.  At Prestonpans, he was described as holding a pistol whilst having at least four others in his bulging pockets and a blunderbuss across his arm.

I have therefore based him on the illustration of him exactly like that in the Osprey “The Scottish Jacobite Army 1745-46”.  He is a converted RedBox Militia figure.


Hete are both battalions of the Duke of Perth’s Regiment as they were when they marched into England.  Their flags are speculative, white with a blue saltire.  I have shown them with only 8 figures each, since two companies (I have assumed two figures from each battalion) were acting a a guard for the artillery and baggage train.



3 thoughts on “More Jacobite Infantry

  1. Peter March 22, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    How incredible your knowledge is of the Jacobite units in the rebellion. I live in the Netherlands and have an obscure interest in this Scottish period. It is good to see there are equally minded souls out there


  2. rodwargaming March 22, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I had a Scottish father and English mother, so perhaps that stirred my interest in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

    I have no idea which side my ancestors would have been on. There were MacArthur hereditary bagpipers to the MacDonalds of Sleat on Skye, but the three MacDonald clans on Skye stayed neutral (or in truth were blackmailed into being neutral by the Loyalist Lord President of the Council, Duncan Forbes). There were also MacArthurs associated with the Cambells, and since my grandmother was a Campbell, perhaps they were on that very loyalist side. I have only found a couple of MacArthurs in the Jacobite muster rolls.

    Most of my knowledge comes from excellent books by authors such as Christopher Duffy and Stuart Reid. I recently purchased a Kindle edition of “No Quarter Given – The Muster Rolls of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Army 1745-46” which is full of interesting information.



    • Peter March 23, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Hi Rod,

      I have no scottish ancestory or blood line whatsoever. But have a deep interest for the Jacobites. It started one day with a book on tartans. Maybe I lived there in another life who knows. Anyway I am busy for several years now with creating Culloden in 54mm soldiers. Quite challenging. Cheers.


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