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Battle Name : Alford

Date(s) : 02 July 1645

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

Type of battle : Land


The two forces had roughly equal numbers of infantry but the Covenanters, nominally under Ballie, were superior in cavalry probably by two to one. Montrose attacked with his right flank first, then his left flank and then his centre. Although the Covenant wings broke their centre was fighting gallantly until Montrose threw in his reserves and the Covenant defeat turned into a rout.