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Footslogger08 Nov 2023 11:46 a.m. PST

Hi, can anyone help me?

What sort of musket to pike ratio should I be looking at for a 1644 Covenanter army, please?

JimDuncanUK08 Nov 2023 12:17 p.m. PST

Warlord go for a 40/40 ratio.

You would expect them to have done some research.

Maybe not!

FourDJones08 Nov 2023 1:15 p.m. PST

1644, Morpeth Castle, Northumberland: The Covenanter garrison consisted of five companies of infantry. During the Royalist siege, the Scottish commander of the castle -Sommerville- complained a third of his men (the pike)were useless in this situation. …

Footslogger08 Nov 2023 1:46 p.m. PST

A useful primary source clue!

Timbo W08 Nov 2023 2:48 p.m. PST

For the Army of the Solemn League and Covenant (Marston Moor Scots) it was 3 muskets to every 2 pike, or 1.5 to 1.
Based on what they bought for the invasion of England anyway.

4DJones09 Nov 2023 1:59 a.m. PST

The Covenanters dropped off the garrison for Morpeth Castle early 1644, on their way down to Newcastle and Sunderland and the battles in north Durham.

The siege of the castle was May 1644.

Primary source: 'Memoir of the Somervilles'

Footslogger11 Nov 2023 5:22 a.m. PST

Thank you for your replies.

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