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Whirlwind23 Jul 2019 4:19 a.m. PST

The new Baccus 6mm Highlanders have standard bearers but I have no clue at all as to what kind of flags they carried other than the St. Andrew's cross. Can anyone tell me? I am also interested in what (if any) standards they carried in the various Jacobite rebellions.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2019 9:32 a.m. PST

Raider Games published a book in 1989, on the Flags of the English Civil War – Part two covered The Scottish Colours of Foot and Cornets of Horse 1639-1651

By S. Ede-Borrett & B McGarrigle

Whirlwind23 Jul 2019 10:24 a.m. PST

Many thanks DW

KYPD3823 Jul 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

Certainly during the Civil Wars the convention (not universally applied though) for the Covenanter army was Colonel's colour was white, usually with the family crest on it. There is one notable exception with fleur de lys. Then other companies used variations of St Andrew's cross, often different colours, with a motif depicting company number

Whirlwind23 Jul 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

Thanks KYPD3 but it is specifically the Highlanders I was after, who I thought mainly fought on the Royalist side?

KYPD3823 Jul 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

Sorry. Need to engage brain! I believe the Highlanders were even more unique in their approach than the Covenanters. We know even less as they weren't really at Dunbar or Preston (captured flags were recorded)

The Scots Flags of the ECW (book 2) also appears in Reid's Scots Armies of the Great Rebellion

Book list link

mollinary29 Jul 2019 11:45 a.m. PST

I know they are designed for 10mm figures, but Pendraken have a set of flags for Montrose's army, PFNL114, which include five highland clan flags which may serve your purpose.

yarr6816 Sep 2019 2:09 a.m. PST

Hi Whirlwind, Just seen this thread, drop me an email, I maybe able to help.
rousell68 AT

Charge The Guns27 Sep 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

Hi Whirlwind,

As the Royalist highlanders in the ECW were typically 'irregular' troops they probably didn't have a fixed system for their colours/flags. Instead, important clan chiefs / leaders may well have had their own personal banner / colour, and their followers may have fought under that. Some highland units may have had not flags at all.

On my Inverlochy blog I described what I did for flags, including both Royalist and Covenant irregular highlanders.


By the time of the Jacobite risings in the 18th century things may have been a bit more organised. Take a look at for inspiration. Iain has some great flags for sale there for both ECW and Jacobites. Primarily in 28mm. Always worth contacting him to see if you could reduce scale as a one off.

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