Monmouth's First Rebellion

Monmouth's First Rebellion

The Later Covenanter Risings, 1660-1685

Warwick Louth

A revisionist history of the later Covenanter Rebellions, impacting on the later Monmouth and Jacobite Rebellions. The book provides in-depth analysis of Government and Covenanter forces, while narrating the battles of Rullion Green, Drumclog, Bothwell Brig and Aird's Moss.
Date Published :
March 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 90 b/w ills & photos, 11 maps, 62 tables, 8-16 color ills
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804512005
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In July 1685, the Duke of Monmouth led his rebel army to defeat at Sedgemoor. In recent years highlighted for his attention to logistics and popular support, in spite of this, it always seems amazing that Monmouth was willing to risk such an initiative, with little more than hurriedly raised local militias. Yet this is to belittle Monmouth's experience six years previously, when sent with a Government army, to suppress a Whig Covenanter Rising in South West Scotland. In light of previous attempts, Scots Government officials deemed any such rebellion as a flash in the pan; short-lived, unorganized and unrealistic in its aims.

Yet in 1679, after the Battle of Drumclog, the Covenanters had formed a coherent force along conventional lines, besieged Glasgow, and forced the Scot's Establishment Government army to seek English support. Far from being a local 'Pitchfork Rebellion' this was something different. What did Monmouth see in these Covenanters that convinced him such an armed force could be effective in 1685?

Until recently, the history of the 'Killing Times' in Scotland has often been the sole preserve of theological, geneological and political histories, more concerned behind the moral thought process governing both sides of the divide, than the physical process of enacting rebellion. Where it has reached popular or even military history, the period has been relegated to the foot notes. How the Covenanters were able to organize and enact a popular rebellion, or indeed how their Government oppressors suppressed it, has never before been collected in one place.

Equally the battlefields and sites of popular protest, despite isolated monuments erected by Presbyterian congregations, remain unrecognized, often unprotected and almost entirely forgotten, despite having local, national and international significance. Indeed, without the Covenanter Rebellions bloody outcome, the Glorious Revolution and Jacobite Wars may have ended very differently today. Acting as a proving ground for local policing, the list of colorful characters that would late be eulogized during wars against France in the early 18th century is astounding.

Putting the later Covenanter Rebellions in their proper socio-economic, political and military context, Monmouth's First Rebellion hopes to raise the profile of this oft-forgotten conflict. Through combining expert analysis of training, clothing and tactics, while also being able to walk the ground, this will be essential reading for historians, geneologists, wargamers and reenactors.

About The Author

Growing up amongst the ruins and stories of English Civil War Hampshire, it is no surprise that Warwick Louth became fascinated with the period. Warwick gained a Degree in Archaeological Practice from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, followed by a Masters Degree in Conflict Archaeology at the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow - from which the basis for this book was formed. He is a founder member, archaeological advisor and trustee for Glasgow and South-West Scotland with the Scottish Battlefield’s Trust. He now writes, researches and talks on a freelance basis - both for enthusiasts and in academic circles - on Conflict Archaeology, Military History and The Wars of the Three Kingdoms. When not engaged in this, he takes part in military modelling, wargaming and is also a member of a range of re-enactment societies. This is his first book. He lives in Glasgow, on the fringes of the Kilsyth battlefield.

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