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KeepYourPowderDry25 Jan 2021 3:27 a.m. PST

A regiment of lowlanders for Montrose's army this time.

As always, what little history we have, and some more pictures link


gengulfus25 Jan 2021 9:18 a.m. PST

I always thought the Gordons (and therefore presumably both the Gordon horse and the Strathbogie regiment) were Highlanders.

gengulfus25 Jan 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

They are very nice though, whether lowlanders or Highlanders.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2021 9:25 a.m. PST

As always very nice work! God save the King!

KeepYourPowderDry25 Jan 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

Gengulfus – there's far too many Gordons about.

This Gordon was known as the Marquis of Huntly, as opposed to his actual name, and according to Furgol (& many others) conventionally equipped and dressed in hodden grey. Frequently referred to in contemporaneous documents as 'foot' or 'men' rather than as 'highlanders'.

Gordon Horse were Lord George Gordon, Huntly's eldest son.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2021 10:56 a.m. PST

Nice look and thanks for posting – I have some Coventers to paint up so this is great info!

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2021 2:42 p.m. PST

Really good close ups. Nice paint


Korvessa25 Jan 2021 8:03 p.m. PST

What is the flag made out of?

KeepYourPowderDry26 Jan 2021 12:11 a.m. PST

Thanks for the kind comments

@Korvessa it is one of Maverick Models fabric flags

Steamingdave226 Jan 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

Geographically speaking, Strathbogie is technically outwith the "Highlands", whether the followers of Huntly wore what we might regard as " Highland garb" is, of course, debatable. Having lived in the area for about ten years, I can attest that, in climate at least, it can be very "Highland".

takeda33327 Jan 2021 5:38 a.m. PST

Lovely unit! I also did mine in hidden and amazingly look quite like yours.

takeda33327 Jan 2021 1:18 p.m. PST

Oops, should be hodden not hidden.

KeepYourPowderDry28 Jan 2021 4:02 a.m. PST

Thanks takeda.

Steamingdave is correct – the area is very definitely in the 'need big coat' category.

I've been ruminating upon the natural association we have with Clan Gordon and the Gordon Highlanders. I blame, as always the Victorians. The Gordon Highlanders were very much a Victorian construct – a C19th Scots line regiment, therefore it has to have kilts, bagpipes, and fancy hats.

There was a branch of the family who did raise a regiment of highlanders for Montrose's army but they were raised over 150 miles away from Strathbogie (now called Huntly)

In reality the Strathbogie area of the C17th was quite a thriving valley, boasting a university (Fraserborough) which was founded in the 1590s, with nearby Aberdeen boasting two universities

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