Cavalry cornet taken at Dunbar or Inverkeithing - presumably belonging to a colonel's troop. White field, green wreath, gold crown with red cap, gold lettering, white and gold fringe.
As in England, cavalry cornets were much more individualistic in strle, although to judge bv those recorded in Fisher's paintings they too followed the Continental practice of identifying the colonel's own troop bv means of a white cornet irrespective of what the other troops carried. Less commonly perhaps, at least one regiment, Colonel Sir Walter Scott's, had a large unadorned white saltire on a blue field measuring 5 feet 3 inches by 4 feet 4 inches.
The devices placed upon the cornets were normally heraldic rather than political. In some instances the usual COVENANT FOR RELIGION KING AND KINGDOMS legend was worked into the design of the obverse, but quite frequently it is missing. In such cases it is more than likely that the reverse of the cornet was quite plain and bore the legend in place of the device recorded by Fisher. This was certainly the case with the three cornets made for the King's Lifeguard of Horse, which fought at Worcester under the Earl of Eglinton. According to Balfour they were blue, fringed with gold, and all bore the same motto as foot colours on the reverse. On the obverse side one bore a crossed sword and sceptre below a crown, and the motto Noblis Haec Invicta Miserunt, another had a crowned thistle proper within a circle formed bv the old Scottish motto Nemo Me Impune Lacessit, while the third bore a white saltire and the motto Pro Religion El Patria.
No dragoon cornets appear to be among the trophies from Preston and Dunbar, but it is more than likely that they conformed to the usual swallow-tailed form common to most European armies. In 1646 a set of six complete 'colours' for Lieutenant-Colonel Blair's Dragoons cost £155 14s Scots - about £16.00 sterling.
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