Captain John Mortimer’s Troop of Dragoons
Whilst technically a Confederate troop of dragoons, Mortimer's did their soldiering in Scotland as part of the Irish Brigade. But as I apply a fantasy football league style approach to the composition of my armies, I'm having them!
There once was a troop o' Irish dragoons
Cam marching doon through Fyvie-o
And the captain's fa'en in love wi' a very bonnie lass
And her name it was ca'd pretty Peggy-o
The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie
Raised in March 1645 from Colonel Manus O’Cahan’s Regiment of Foot they weren't exactly dragoons as we know it. They were musketeers put on horseback. Captain John having served as an officer in O'Cahan's.
As with so many Irish units from the Wars, we know very little about them. Mortimer is believed to have been a Scot, rather than an Irishman.
They fought at Aberdeen, Kilsyth, and Philiphaugh. At Philiphaugh it appears that they fought as a troop of horse; Mortimer is thought to have been captured following the battle and executed. The troop appear to have fought on, after Mortimer's demise, and are believed to have fought at the siege of Inverness, although that is not certain.
Other than that their main documentation is the traditional folk song The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie.
Rather a lot of headswaps here, including a morion for the officer. The figures themselves are from pack 6, dragoon horseholders and horses; command from packs 73 and 74 (not 100% sold on the officer, I've given him a buff coat but it doesn't look quite right); and the fighting men from packs 71 and 75. The men on foot would struggle walking as a number have been sculpted with thigh high riding boots rather than short boots or shoes and gaiters.
|Not totally happy with the officer, leaving aside my shonky painting of his collar, I just don't think the buff coat works. Might be repainted at some point...