INVERLOCHY (1645)

I am continuing to change the Order of Battle presentation to a cleaner form as I complete my move to Impetus:Baroque (with a few of my own house rules). This iteration (which I hope is the last or at least near the last) also now provides labels for each unit and commander to use on the game table.

Posts about the Battle of Inverlochy.

Order of Battle Key:

OoB Explanation 09-04-2016

Additional explaination  about the Order of Battle sheet(s) can be found here.

Inverlochy: Covenant Order of Battle:

Inverlochy Covenanter OoB

Notes:

The Marquis of Argyll was present at the battle but did not command or participate. He choose to board his galley and observe the battle from the safety of an off shore position. Contemporary Royalist commentators, unsurprisingly, attribute this decision to rank cowardice. It is known, however, that Argyll had sustained a nasty fall from his horse some time before and dislocated his shoulder, an injury tha can be quite debilitating. Argyll was also not a soldier, his true realm being the political. What effect his rapid departure had on his army one can only guess.

In Argyll’s place as general officer commanding was Duncan Campbell, Lord Auchenbreck. He was the commander of Argyll’s regiment of foot which had campaigned in Ireland and had been recently recalled in response to Montrose. He was also, for all intents and purposes under the old clan system, the tanist war chieftain of Clan Campbell.

The makeup of the large number of highlanders (other than most were clan levy) present on the Covenant side is not known. Most were Campbells or close allies and I have done what others have done and used Spalding’s listing of notables killed and captured in the battle To assign names to the five groups of highlanders.

Two detachments (from Lord Tulliebardine’s and Lord Moray’s ) of lowland infantry were also present. These were part of General Baille’s army that was working up from the southeast. It is possible that more would have been present had Argyll and Baille not been feuding with one another. The Lt. Colonels of these two detachments, as professional soldiers, were given command of the two wings. Col. Cockburn on the left and Col. Rouge on the right. These regiment had been on campaign in England but had not yet fought in a major battle. They looked better on paper then actual fact, so I gave them a recruit characteristic.

I took a guess and made John Campbell, Captain of Dunstaffnage Castle, the fourth commander and in charge of the reserve (the clan levy). While I know little about him, he was charged with holding one of Clan Campbell’s significant strong points and was therefore likely a decent soldier.

Inverlochy: Royalist Order of Battle:

Inverlochy Royalist OoB

Notes:

The three regiments of tthe Irish Brigade are still present but by Inverlochy have lost over a third of their  strength. I continue to represent Laghtnan’s as the only Irish unit having both muskets and pikes (and even this seems problematic). If some of the Irish who arrived in Scotland were not veteran soldiers they certainly all are by this stage of the campaign. For this reason Montrose placed two of the regiments (Laghtnan and O’Cahan) to secure each flank and held MacDonnell’s in reserve.

As with the Campbells the exact make up of the highlanders is not clear. The Macleans had a substantial force present and are represent by a war band on the left flank. I have divided the rest into three MacDonald war bands, Glengarry, Clanranald, and Keppoch, all of which were known to be present. These MacDonald warbands would have incorporated other allies, Stewarts and Camerons, to name a couple. Unlike the full clan levy of the Campbells, the MacDonalds were by-in-large of the clan warrior class. Montrose placed Graham of Inchbrackie’s veteran Atholl Higlanders in the center for further support.

Montrose was, of course, in overall command and commanded the center. The redoubtable Alisdair MacColla took the right flank and his friend, and near equal, Manus O’Cahan, the left. Sir Thomas Oglive, yet another experienced soldier, command the small cavalry contingent.

Although tired and hungry, the Royalists were much more experienced, better motivated and substantially better led.

GAME SCENARIO NOTES:

This is a straight up, head to head battle fought until one side reaches its Army Break Point and loses.

The Royalist army has complete initiative in the first turn. No activation rolls are made and the Covenanters are reactive only. Normal activation rolls are made from turn two onward.

The Covenanter total VD is 18, the Royalist is 21. If the Royalists gain undisputed control of Inverlochy Castle then at the end of that game turn the Covenanters will receive a loss of 3 VD.