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 […]

“Beneath the Thorntree”

When we originally planned our 275th anniversary programme, we had the idea of holding a special narrative concert evening in Prestonpans to tell the story of the battle through some of the many songs and poems which it it has inspired. The chosen venue was the historic Prestongrange Church. However, as the Coronavirus pandemic took […]

A digital 275th anniversary!

There was never a moment when the Trust envisaged postponing or cancelling the 275th Anniversary Commemorations.  It was simply a matter of how they could be conducted in the ever-mutating context of societal restrictions occasioned by the Covid 19 pandemic. The Trust was in a very good place, having received financial support for the 24 […]