EEC-02 Regiment Royal Ecossois, Officer with Regimental Colours



The Royal Ecossois was raised by John Drummond in 1744 and disbanded 1763.
This regiment, as many other foreign regiments in the French Army were not mercenaries as is often claimed, they were more often than not political or religious refugees who could not safely return to their homeland for fear of persecution.

The regiment had a strength of 350 men at the Battle of Culloden on the 16th of April 1746 where they were in the second line and later they helped to cover the retreat of the Highlanders right wing, an attempt by Argyll Militia to interfere was pushed aside. In the skirmish the two battalions became separated and one, probably the 2nd battalion, was caught and surrounded by British Dragoons and forced to surrender in Inverness, the other one, together with their colours continued its retreat towards Ruthven Barracks and did not surrender until the 19th of April.