Up and Running at Inverurie!

We are delighted to report that The Prestonpans Tapestry is now on public display at the Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. More than a year after the exhibition was first due to open, the Centre’s doors have now reopened and we’ve been able to travel north to install the Tapestry. It will remain on display […]

Culloden 275

Today marks the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, the tragic end of the Jacobites’ military campaigns to restore the Royal House of Stuart. It marks the final dashing of the hopes which had been raised at Prestonpans, where the Prince’s victory seemed to hold out the promise of the long looked-for success. For […]

Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary marked

Our first online lecture of 2021 was held on 18 March, on the subject of “Walter Scott’s Jacobite Fiction”. We were delighted to host a real expert on this subject, Dr Lucy Wood, who guided 96 live attendees through the early Jacobite inspirations which Scott was exposed to and the ways he presented the Jacobite […]

A renewed focus on Gaelic, and a new trustee to help!

Dolina Maclennan, a major figure in the Gaelic cultural world, has become a trustee of The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. The news comes as the Trust announces a new programme of Gaelic activity, supported by funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Dolina is a singer, actress, writer, broadcaster and cultural and political campaigner, who […]

An interactive Order of Battle!

As we continue to develop the website, we’re adding new features that will help you find your way around the history of the battle and its place in the wider narrative of the Jacobite wars. These include a series of timelines, designed to explain how all these complex events fit together, and now also a […]

Prince Charlie’s Birthday

Marking Charles Edward Stuart’s birthday Yesterday (20 December 2020) marked 300 years since the birth of Charles Edward Stuart, the Jacobite Prince of Wales who led the Highlanders to victory at Prestonpans in 1745. Or at least it marked the date on which his birthday was marked by his supporters in Britain, where the calendar […]

HMS Fox remembered

HMS Fox was a sixth-rate Royal Navy frigate, built in 1740, which was tasked in 1745 with supporting Sir John Cope’s operations in East Lothian prior to the Battle of Prestonpans (including providing a number of sailors to man his artillery). After the battle, Fox monitored Jacobite activity along the Forth, particularly in the port […]

A date for your diary!

The skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums will return to Prestonpans next year, as the Trust prepares for its triennial partnership with the Scottish Battlefields Trust in hosting a spectacular weekend of re-enactments. The Trust’s programmes of re-enactments have grown in scope and scale since our first event in 2007, and […]