COLONEL WILLIAM GORDON'S REGIMENT OF FOOTE
Gordon's is the only regiment to represent the Scots Highlanders and as such are the only Regiment who will take to the field wearing the traditional highland Plaid with a sword and targe accompaniment (large round shield) alongside the musket. Each plaid design is individual to a member as too is the pattern on the targe.
Having been established in 2001 as Minimores Company of Foote, as Gordon's however we have now grown to be one of the larger Regiments in the Scots Brigade, consisting of musketeers, pikemen (and women) and civilians. We currently have several families of teenagers and younger children who are part of the Apprentices club.
Our membership stretches from Southern England, to Wales, the Midlands, the North and into Scotland. We are very privileged to count several Bavarians as members of Gordon's and it is always a special delight when they are able to fly over and attend musters.
OFF THE FIELD
We're a very sociable lot - some of our members are long-standing friends, others have been born into the Knot and stayed on with families of their own so it's not uncommon for Gordon's members to get together outside of the Sealed Knot.
Once a year (usually around late February/early March), we hold our annual Hoolie. This provides us with a great opportunity to get dressed up in our finest for a private dinner and dance along to a ceilidh band. Every few years, the Hoolie is organised by our Bavarian members and takes place in Memmingen, Germany.
Members also receive the Gordon's newsletter 3-4 times a year and we have a dedicated Facebook members-only page so we can always keep in touch with one another.
Many members of Gordon's along with other Scots Brigade members are part of MacKay's Regiment - an off-spin that re-enacts the Scots Regiments that fought in Europe during the Thirty Years War. Commemorative Festivals attended include Wallenstein Festival in Memmingen, Germany and Palmanova in Italy.
HOW TO RECOGNISE GORDON'S
1. Plaid - a swayve of material gathered around the waist by a belt. A grey doublet and blue Scots bonnet accompany this. Plaid is the precursor to what we now commonly think of as tartan and is in muted colours specific to an individual, rather than everyone looking the same.
2. Trews - Worn as alternative to the belted plaid along with a grey doublet or soldiers coat and blue bonnet. Trews are tight fitting full length trousers made of tartan material and tied below the knee.
3. Greys - When portraying Scots lowland armies, Gordon's wear hodden grey breaches and a grey soldiers coat - this can also be accompanied by a short plaid blanket roll worn diagonally over the shoulder. The ubiquitous Scots blue bonnet completes the outfit.
Basic women's kit of skirt and jacket but with the addition of the Arisaid - akin to the men's plaid but worn long over the skirt. Heads may be covered by a felt hat or kirsh. Unmarried women can go bareheaded.
Colonel William Gordon’s Regiment was a Royalist infantry unit raised in Strathavan, a small glen and river that runs into the Spey, some thirty miles due south of Elgin, nestling in the foothills of the Grampian mountains. This branch of the Gordons (the pre-eminent family in the north east of Scotland at this time, under the leadership of the Marquis of Huntly) came from the town of Minimore (or Minmore), near what is now the village of Glenlivet. The Regiment was commanded by Colonel William Gordon and ‘three of his sonnes’, presumably the three eldest, Alexander, Patrick and Harry.
Col. William Gordon’s was a regular or ‘standing’ infantry regiment, and as such would have been equipped with pike and musket. And while they were a regular highland unit (and therefore would have looked the part), they would also have included men from east of the highland line – their recruitment geography would have dictated that. That they were well equipped is also recorded, with a number of them known to have been issued with expensive flintlock muskets as early as 1639 . They were therefore a well-equipped, (eventually) veteran regular infantry regiment from the wealthy eastern highlands, far removed from the casual marauders of the western clans of the period.