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Battle Name : Tippermuir

Date(s) : 01 September 1644

Part of : The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms , The 1st English Civil War , Operations in Scotland 1645 ,

Outcome : A victory for Highland Royalist Clansmen over Parliamentarian Forces [Covenanters]

Type of battle : Land


The Covenanters under Lord Elcho numbered 7,000 infantry, 700 cavalry and nine guns. Montrose's Royal army had at most only 2,700 men, none of them mounted. Also the Royal 'artillery' consisted of about 500 bowmen and those carrying guns had only enough ammunition for two shots at most. However a desperate wild highland charge took the fight to the Covenanters who immediately broke and ran. The pursuit continued to the gates of Perth with over 2,000 Covenanters being killed in the rout.