COLONEL THOMAS LAGHTNAN'S REGIMENT OF FOOTE
Colonel Thomas Laghtnan's Regiment of Foote presently consists mainly of musketeers and drummers. Another important support role on the battlefield are the water carriers who carry supplies of drinking water for thirsty soldiers. There are also civilian roles involving the supply and repair of weapons and clothes, manning a kitchen tent, lace-making, etc.
Members are not obliged to play an active role and some are happy to come along and enjoy the weekend supporting their partner. The age range is wide, from infants to over 60’s.
Today, members of the Regiment reside in all parts of the country, including Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, South Wales, North Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Buckinghamshire.
We have a group of particularly active members in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire who have organised large events in recent years and an annual parade commemorating the Battle of Coleford of 20th February 1643.
We like to think that, although small in number, we punch above our weight.
The aim of the Sealed Knot is to increase public awareness of the period of the English Civil War and we certainly have fun doing that.
You do not have to be a historian but you will inevitably pick up some knowledge of the period over time.
Come and join us, even for a taster weekend as a temporary member where you can experience life as a re-enactor both on and off the battlefield. We are confident you will not regret it.
OFF THE FIELD
Because members of the Regiment are so widely spread geographically, it is not possible to meet socially outside the main season (April to September) although members in the Forest of Dean do meet regularly for a chat and a drink.
What members do look forward to is meeting at events where all four Regiments in the Scots Brigade come together - be that a muster, commemorative event or private banquet over the winter months.
Thomas O’Lachnanus (Laghtnan) took command of General James McDonnell’s Regiment, whilst McDonnell, Antrim’s brother, was ill and still in Ireland.
Thereafter referred to as “Colonel Thomas Laghtnan’s Regiment”, it became part of the Scottish Army that fought for King Charles during the War of the Three Kingdoms, commonly referred to as the English Civil War. Along with Colonel Manus O’Cahan’s Regiment and Colonel Alexander McConnell’s Regiment, they formed the Irish contingent of the King’s Army in Scotland, commanded by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose.
Laghtnan and his men are recorded as having fought in numerous battles throughout Scotland, including Tippermuir (1st September 1644), Aberdeen (13th September 1644) where Montrose ordered “that they lay aside their musket and pike and fall on the rebels with sword and dirk and give no quarter”, Inverlochy (2nd February 1645), Auldearn (9th May 1645), Alford (2nd July 1645), Kilsyth (15th August 1645) and finally Philiphaugh (13th September 1645) where both Laghtnan and O’Cahan were captured and later executed at Edinburgh Castle.
HOW TO RECOGNISE LAGHTNAN'S
Modern day emblem
The basic uniform consists of black breeches and a hodden grey jacket and a blue knitted bonnet.
Members are also encouraged to equip themselves with Irish kit which consists of “tartan” trews and a Dungiven jacket.
Ladies are also welcome in the ranks but should they choose to maintain a female role they should dress in linen and wool, either a dress or skirt and shift under a jacket. Colours of female clothing are not restricted.