1st Kearny Highlanders

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First Kearny Highlanders
Formed 2362
Affiliation Mercenary
Republic of the Sphere
Parent Command Northwind Highlanders


Early History[edit]

The First Kearny Highlanders were the oldest and longest lived of the Northwind Highlanders formations. The regiment was originally formed by volunteers from the mining settlement of Kearny on Northwind. The unit fought early battles for various Great Houses, including the Capellan Confederation. Its career in these early times was checkered with victories and defeats.

The unit's first notable conflict was during the 1st Andurien War, where the unit fought for the Confederation. The unit was nearly routed on Lopez by elements of House Marik's Oriente Hussars. This route nearly cost the unit its career.

  • 2761 - 1st Kearny redeem themselves by successful occupation of the Davion world of Demeter with odds against them.

Succession Wars[edit]

  • 2801 - The unit is deployed to Lincoln to successfully defend the world from elements of House Kurita's Dieron Regulars attempt raid the world.
  • 2802 - The unit fought and lost to elements of the DCMS on Lincoln, losing their command battle standard. The standard was presented back to the Highlanders as a gift of goodwill by Omi Kurita in 3058.[1]
  • 2865 - 1st Kearny returned to Northwind to defend the world from House Marik regulars and their mercenary support units. The 1st Kearny was able to drive off the invaders. They inflicted heavy damage on the fleeing units, including the mercenary force known as the Jal's Jaegers but lost half of its men and equipment in the effort. The unit resolved to rebuild itself with heavier equipment, so it restricted itself to raiding until it fully rebuilt.
  • 2866 to 2880 - 1st Kearny conducts a number of raids on Free Worlds League holdings for 'Mechs and supplies. Recovering large quantity of medium class BattleMechs to allow the regiment to fully recover.
  • 2943 - The 2nd Company of the 2nd Battalion, under the command of Captain Erika Laurel leader her company held the defense of world Hsien against Marik troops until the Warrior House Ijori regiment arrived.
  • 3028 - Stationed on Highspire the 1st Kearny departed, after news reached them of the negotiation between the clan elders and the Federated Suns, to their new home on Northwind.

Clan Invasion[edit]


Dark Age Era[edit]

This unit was the sole regiment from the famed Northwind Highlanders to remain in service after the founding of the Republic of the Sphere, the First Kearny spent a couple of decades as a garrison unit for the Northwind Military Academy before being reinvented as a roving troubleshooter force.[3]

Early Republic Era[edit]

At the Jihad ended, the First Kearny Highlanders were stationed on Northwind in Prefecture III of The Republic of the Sphere.[4] The Northwind Highlanders leadership negotiated with Republic government, where they would broker a deal to join the Republic Armed Forces while preserving the Highlander's legacy. In the end the First Kearny was elected to remain intact, while rest of the regiment would eventually be absorbed into the RAF losing their identities as Highlanders. While rebuilding from Operation SCOUR in 3078, the First Kearny would end up detaching a battalion of it's forces to help rebuild the Third Republic Auxiliaries after the fighting during Operation: Golden Dawn.[5]

Late Republic Era[edit]

After the initial conflicts Republic had during 3090s, the First Kearny would remain on Northwind as a garrison for the Northwind Military Academy. After years assigned to this duty, the regiment would be reinvented and tasked themselves as a troubleshooting force. As independent unit, the Highlanders would end up not being utilized during the Capellan Crusades of 3112-3113.[6][7]

The First Kearny Highlanders made a combat drop against Black Dragon pirates, when Colonel Emil Wallace suffered a BattleMech malfunction, and it was Tara Campbell who step up into command of the operation with a masterful strategy that saved his life, threw the pirated off Sadalbari and crushed an entire company of the pirates, even capturing one of their DropShips.[8][9]

The Black Out and Chaos[edit]

In August 3132 the late HPG Network was attacked, later known as Gray Monday.[10] True to their mission, the First Kearny were deployed across Prefecture III aiding in putting down uprisings and newly arisen splinter groups trying to gain power for themselves. Under the direction of Prefecture III's Prefect Tara Campbell (daughter of a former Highlander commanding officer), she would reinforce and use the First Kearny as main means of striking trouble hotspots across her and other neighboring Prefectures in the course of the early years of the Black Out. The First Kearny along with two newly risen sister Regiments (Northwind Fusiliers and slightly later the Republic Guards) would end being spread thin across Rimward and Spinward portions of the Republic.

DCMS forces took Scheat in June 3135 after engaging and routing elements of the 3rd Battalion, First Kearny Regiment from Republic Armed Forces.[11]

Elements of the First Kearny would end up engaged in fighting an invasion of Northwind itself, by Steel Wolves, a Clan-oriented splinter group, twice. Over the course of nine months (first in June 3133 and in February 3134) with minimum resources, Campbell and the elements of the regiment would end up fighting off two take over attempts by the Steel Wolves and its uncanny leader, Galaxy Commander Anastasia Kerensky. Despite betrayal of Paladin Ezekiel Crow, the Highlanders succeeded, mounted what amounts to a counterattack to stop Steel Wolves from it's next destination, which would soon be found out as Terra. The First Kearny with the rest of the available Northwind Highlanders Tara Campbell could muster, end up fighting off Steel Wolves with the Tenth Principes Guards on the fields of former Nation-State of Russia in April.

The regiment would continue to be stretched for a few more months until they would be requested to muster on Skye, where they would face threat of invasion by Clan Jade Falcon. They would need to dig in and help build clever strategies as they faced elements of multiple Galaxies of troops after the Clan had captured a number of Prefecture VIII and IX worlds. The regiment, along with other coalition forces (including Steel Wolves) would manage to repulse the Falcon's first invasion in August 3134, however they would be forced to withdraw from Skye failing to fight off the second attack.[12][13]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Kearny Highlanders (Mercenary)
Colonel Timm McDougal 2841[14]
Colonel Timothy Senn 3025[15]
Colonel Sandra McPierce 3029[16]
Colonel Edward Senn 3050 - 3067[15]
Commanding Officers of the 1st Kearny Highlanders (Republic of the Sphere)
Colonel Marshall MacLeod 3085[17]
Colonel Emil Wallace 3124 - 3127[8][9]
Colonel Caden Senn 3132[18]
Colonel Robert Ballantrae 3136[3]

Other officers[edit]


The only goal is victory at any cost.


The naval fleet of the 1st Kearny contains following JumpShips:

Monolith-class = Spirit of Edinburgh
Star Lord-class = Queen Anne and Queen Mary
Invader-class = King's Own, Jacoby and Monymusk
Scout-class = Argyll and Princess Louise

Composition History[edit]

2786 - 2821[edit]

1st Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Elite/Questionable)[19]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Halloran V. In 2821 the command was reduced to 42 percent of its strength and was deployed on Halloran V. [19]


1st Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Elite/Questionable) [20]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Ilmachna with an operational readiness of 101 percent. [20]


1st Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [20]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Kyrkbacken with an operational readiness of 78 percent. [20]


First Kearny Highlanders (2 Battalions/Veteran/Reliable) [21]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Highspire. [21]


First Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[22]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Northwind. [22]
Contract: AFFC[22]


1st Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [23]

  • CO: Colonel Edward Senn [23]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Errai. [23]


1st Kearney Highlanders (/Veteran/Reliable) [24]

  • CO: Colonel James D. Cochraine [24]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Mogyorod. [24]


1st Kearny Highlanders (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [25]

  • CO: Colonel Edward Senn [25]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Northwind. [25]


Regimental Command Company (Company/Elite/Fanatical)

The company fields 12 Clan BattleMechs.
The First Kearny Air Wing contains 6 elite fighters.

First Kearny Highlanders (Reinforced Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)

Queen’s Own Battalion: Major David Lee Senn
78th Highland Battalion: Major Til Honey
Gordon Battalion: Major Evelyn Marks
The regiment contains a vehicle company.

The entire unit contains 85% upgrades.

First Gurkhas (Battalion/Elite/Reliable)

6th Company
7th Company
10th Company

The unit are elite special forces. The unit now contains full compliment of battle armor.


First Kearny Highlanders (Two Battalions/Veteran/Questionable)[17]

  • CO: Colonel Marshall MacLeod


First Kearny Highlanders (Reinforced Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[3]

  • CO: Colonel Robert Ballantrae \ XO: Lt. Colonel Carole McMasters.

Note: The Regiment's Equipment Rating is listed as having access to "B" level tech/equipment.


  1. Impetus of War, p. 35
  2. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), pp. 11-12
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Era Digest: Dark Age, p. 15, "FIRST KEARNY HIGHLANDERS"
  4. Field Manual: 3085, p. 186
  5. Field Manual: 3145, p. 183 Independent Units - 1st Kearny survival and Some details of 1st Kearny's actions during the early days it serving the Republic of the Sphere.
  6. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, pp. 86-87 Capellan Crusades Deployment Tables - "Northwind Highlanders are not listed as being deployed as part of the conflict.
  7. Era Digest: Dark Age, pp. 15-16 First Kearny Highlanders - "Brief profile gives a basic early history of the First Kearny as garrison unit for the academy and later as troubleshooting unit its later years.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dark Age: Republic of the Sphere, p. 36 "Tara Campbell"
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Silence in the Heavens, p. ??[citation needed]
  10. Era Digest: Dark Age, p. 10 Dark Age Timeline - Gray Monday / HPG Crash listed.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dark Age: 3135 PDA Journals, p.201 "30 June 3135"
  12. Era Digest: Dark Age, pp. 8-10,15-16 - Brief highlights of the combat for Northwind, Terra, and Skye noted.
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 14-15 Descend - Campbell and Highlanders effort noted and more details of the Battle for Skye.
  14. Northwind Highlanders (scenario pack) p. 20
  15. 15.0 15.1 Northwind Highlanders (scenario pack) p. 47
  16. Northwind Highlanders (scenario pack) p. 24
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 186, "RAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  18. MechWarrior: Dark Age - Dossiers and Pilot Cards, p. 10, "Caden Senn profile"
  19. 19.0 19.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 136
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 96
  21. 21.0 21.1 House Liao (Confederation Capella) p. 105
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Historical: War of 3039, p. 141 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 141
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 20 Year Update, p. 19
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Objective Raids, p. 22
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 114
  • Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 52