Hans Rotmensen - Carrington Leading the Charge

Carrington Leading the Charge by Hans Rotmensen (1822)

The Invasion of Brunant was a large military event that occured in 1784, when Scottish filibuster James Carrington invaded Brunant and took over the country.


In the 1780s, a rich and crazy British nobleman, James Carrington, became increasingly interested in having somewhere to rule over. Around that time there had been the Borderers Revolt, an armed uprising carried out against Brunant's armed forces by so-called Borderers, namely people of English and Scottish border origin, who were defeated in 1781. So, under the guise of "liberating" his "blood comrades" from oppression, Carrington hired an army of mercenaries to invade the country's islands. The rich Carrington was able to outfit a force of 1600 men of mostly Scottish and English origin, though he also hired 250 Prussian mercenaries later on. He promised his men land, wealth and women and would pay them a fair wage.


Early stagesEdit

Carrington's triumphant arrival was in a beach south of Sint-Markstad. He landed in a very gallant pose, carrying his personal banners [1] and proclaimed the start of his liberation. Carrington sent his Marshal, Owen Halsey MacLellan to Donderstad, to defeat the town. He quickly defeated Royalist volunteers at the Battle of Donderstad.

Central campaignEdit

Carrington himself led the thrust towards Dortmund and Koningstad. Along the way his men burnt several farms and took animals as well. On August 7 they arrived at Dortmund and laid siege to the Adriankastel. The Koningin Marie engaged the ground troops but was sunk by Carrington's cannons. two weeks later they surrendered and Carrington triumphantly marched through a partly abandoned Koningstad.

Hogeberg IslandEdit

Beginning in the south Carrington was able to get some support at Charles Town but still had fight some locals in order to take the town. He then sent his men to Grijzestad, where they encountered much greater resistance. 1200 Royal Guardsmen valiantly defended the city but could not prevent the cities fall during this battle. Carrington's men massacred many Grijzestaders but affirmed his control over the islands.


  1. A painting of the landing, The Arrival of Carrington (1856) by A.E. Wilton was made commemorating this, but the painting was lost when the Germans shelled the museum in Koningstad (1941).