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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]