Two Small Jacobite Units

I have made two more small Jacobite units, both of which were at Culloden.

The first is Kilmarnock’s Foot Guards.  This was formed by dismounting Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers and Pitsligo’s Horse, so that their horses could be used by the only Squadron of Fitzjames’ Horse which made it to Scotland (the other three Squadrons and all of the horses of that French Regiment being captured by the Royal Navy).

Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers were 50 men (modelled as two figures) and Pitsligo’s Horse 130 men (modelled as four figures).  I had previously modelled these units as mounted, looking like this, with Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers being on the left of the picture and Pitsligo’s Horse on the right.

IMG_3445Kilmarnock’s Foot Guards were topped up to over 200 men, with the addition of Crichton of Auchengoul’s Company and a few more Aberdeenshire volunteers.  I have therefore modelled them as a small battalion of 8 figures, as shown here:


The two figures on the left of the picture are in the same uniform as Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers, but with shoes and gaiters rather than high cavalry boots.  The four figures on the right are in the same uniform as Pitsligo’s Horse.  The Command Stand has a Kilmarnock Officer and a Pitsligo drummer.  The figures are all converted Airfix American War of Independence, the four on the left of the picture being British and the four on the right being American.

The Kilmarnock figures have heads from Airfix British Napoleonic Highlanders.  These Napoleonic figures (like all 19th Century Highlander Infantry, and many modern pipers)  are wearing Kilmarnock bonnets, taller than a normal Scots bonnet, with a diced band around the lower rim and lots of Ostrich feathers obscuring the top of the headdress.  I just used a miniature welding iron to smooth away the feathers.  The bonnets are blue with a red toorie (ball of wool) on top and a red/white/green diced band.  The trilology about the Jacobite Horse Grenadiers by Gavin Wood suggests that they wore that headdress, and there is a picture of a mounted Horse Grenadier wearing one on the front cover of the first book in the series.  The books are fiction but the main characters and main events are all historical, including the hero of the stories, Captain Patrick Lindsay.

The Pitsligo’s figures have heads from RedBox Militia and Loyalist Troops. I will use those latter figures, with tricorns, as London Trained Bands for a Defence of London scenario, when I get around to it.

All of the figures have welded plaids and broadswords added.

The second small unit was Bannerman of Elsick’s Regiment, which fought at Inverurie and Culloden.  Its maximum strength was recorded as 160 in “No Quarter Given – The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Army, 1745-46”, so I have modelled this as six figures, as below:


Two of the figures are Strelets Jacobites, one is a RedBox Highland Infantryman and the three on the right of the picture are all converted Airfix British Napoleonic Highlanders.  The original heads of those three were used to make the Kilmarnock bonnets of some of the Kilmarnock Foot Guards, and their new heads are from RedBox Militia and Loyalist Troops.  The Airfix figures have welded plastic plaids and broadswords added.  They are wearing various variants of Forbes tartan, since this is the only one associated with the Bannerman name.

Some contemporary accounts state that Bannerman of Elsick’s small unit was incorporated into Kilmarnock’s Foot Guards at Culloden, however Captain Finlayson’s map of Culloden show’s it as a separate unit, standing next to Kilmarnock’s Foot Guards, so that is how I have modelled it.  The two units can of course be amalgamated on a wargames table if desired.



I wanted a Brigade Commander for these two small units and have modelled Lord Kilmarnock for this role.  He is a Strelets Jacobite figure, but his original Scots bonnet has had extra plastic welded on to it to make it into a taller Kilmarnock bonnet, and the feathers repositioned to the top of that.  Gavin Wood’s trilogy about Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers has Lord Kilmarnock wearing a tricorn, but I preferred him in this Kilmarnock bonnet.


Many of my Jacobite Brigade Commanders are on foot, but I wanted him mounted, so that he could command the cavalry of the Lowland Division during the invasion of England.

Lord Kilmarnock was captured at the end of Culloden and executed, as were Captain Patrick Lindsay and a disproportionately high number of his men.



3 thoughts on “Two Small Jacobite Units

  1. Peter van Vugt July 29, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Hi Rod,

    Thanks for sharing. I always have been intrigued by both these units on the Jacobite side. It would be lovely to see all the units present at Culloden like a bird’s eye view. That would be amazing!

    Cheers Peter


    • rodwargaming July 29, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Hi Peter,

      I am nearly there. I start work on my Royal Ecossais tomorrow and will model two battalions, the 1st Battalion in normal French uniform, which I can use for the WAS and a 2nd Battalion in their Scottish uniform. I could use both in a “what if” scenario.

      I will then start modelling my Irish Piquets in a couple of weeks time. I am actually going to make the complete Irish Brigade, so that I can also use them for the WAS, and that may take a few weeks. I will have a Irish Piquet command stand, but the rest will just be one 2 figure stand from each of the six Regiments.

      I have just got one British unit to finish off their Culloden Orbat (Kingston’s Light Horse). I have plans for a few more Jacobite units which were at Falkirk but not at Culloden, plus a few other British and Hessian units which were in Scotland, but again not at Culloden. I think I can set up a temporary large table which I think is just wide enough to show all of the Culloden units, so I will plan to do that.


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      • Peter July 30, 2017 / 8:11 am

        It would be an awesome sight I guess.. I wish you good luck with all of this wonderful stuff. Can’t wait to see the Culloden table.

        Regards Peter


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