7th Dragoons


This detail from a panoramic contemporary painting of the battle shows the two armies confronting each other at the beginning of hostilities. It is surprising to see that both armies are drawn up in neat ranks of smartly uniformed soldiers. It contradicts the idea that the armies of King George were fighting an unwashed highland rabble. The squadrons of Horse and dragoons on the right include some grey-coated troops on grey horses. These may be the Scots Greys. The companies of Infantry on both sides have Colours in the centre front of each formation. One of the mounted figures in the foreground may well be the commander of the British troops, John Campbell, the Duke of Argyll. The commander of the Jacobites, John Erskine, Earl of Mar is not to be seen at the rear of his troops.

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