Battle of Prestonpans 1745

                   CELEBRATING 275th ANNIVERSARY OF    

                 VICTORY THROUGHOUT 2020

2020 is the 275th Anniversary of The Prince's Victory in Prestonpans and also the 10th Anniversary of the Prestonpans Tapestry telling the campaign that led to that Victory on September 21st 1745. And of course it is the 300th year since The Prince was born.

Plans have been laid throughout 2018/ 2019 with support from EventScotland, Clan Chiefs who came out on the Day, Bord na Gaidhlig, the Heritage Lottery Fund and myriad donors to make 2020 the year we celebrate the CULTURAL LEGACY of that famous Victory.

*The Covid19 pandemic will have some impact on elements of the programme but in the main it is expected to proceed uninterrupted. Latest details are available from the  and on the Battle Trust Facebook page

The weekend Friday September 18th/ Monday 21st 2020 will see spectacular highlights,Clan Gatherings and the Alan Breck Regiment and more but the year long focus is on that cultural legacy.The fullscale encampment and re-enactments will return on their three year cycle with the Scottish Battlefields Trust in September 2021.



The Prestonpans Tapestry is available on request for exhibition internationally.

The full complement 5,000 soldier exhibition of the battle is also available for touring display.

      [During the year the Alan Breck Regiment continues its School Visits on request

            including Battle Gaming and offering a wide range of demonstration events.]

N.B. Photographic details of all re-enactments in previous years to 2019 are linked HERE and press reports appear below.

Specific cameos taken from the battle can also be viewed at this LINK and every detail of The Prestonpans Tapestry is @



                                                    Enquiries to Arran Johnston

                                    @ [44] [0] 1875 819922 [not Mondays] / 07906 349407

                                                    or by email to


2019 Battle Commemorations

This year was a 'quiet' year as the Scottish Battlefields Trust's triennial East Lothian Battles Cycle focussed on Dunbar 1650

CLICK HERE for the commemorations that took place in Prestonpans

CLICK HERE for some detail of the 1650 commemorations in Dunbar .

2018 Battle Commemorations

This was the year the East Lothian Battles Weekend, convened in partnership with Scottish Battlefields Trust, returned to Prestonpans for our 10th Re-enactments. The highlight was the Call to The Clans that Came out With The Prince on September 21st 1745 to Parade and Dedicate a new Memorial Table that lists the Clans concerned.The Lord Lieutenant was there to Welcome The Clans and the largest ever Encampment & Re-enactments followed on Saturday & Sunday 15th/ 16th September.

CLICK HERE for Memorial Tables on the 1722 Waggonway

CLICK HERE for The Clans' Parade

CLICK HERE for The Lord Lieutenant's Welcome & Wreath Laying

CLICK HERE for The Encampment and Battle Preparations

CLICK HERE for The Battle Re-enactments

CLICK HERE for The East Lothian Courier's Report

2017 Battle Commemorations

This was the second year when Scottish Battlefields Trust led the triennial cycle of re-enactments across East Lothian with

support from East Lothian Council, EventScotland, Historic Environment Scotland - re-enacting the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh [1547]

at Newhailes House with the present Duke of Somerset attending.

The Prestonpans Tapestry was exhibited during the year in The Scottish Parliament anbd in Brittany at [FIL] the Festival

Interceltque de L'Orient.

CLICK HERE for the Tapestry Exhibition in Parliament

CLICK HERE for FIL in Lorient

Modest commemorations were held in Prestonpans involving battlefield walks and wreath laying across the community..

CLICK HERE for details of the 2017 Commemorations.

2016 Battle Commemorations

This was the first year that Prestonpans had shared in the SBT's East Lothian County Triennial Battle Cycle - and 2016 was the turn of Dunbar [1650]. i was the first year that This was the first year since the Trust was established that no fullscale re-enactment was given. As readers will know, Prestonpans now participates in the East Lothian Triennial Cycle tohgether with Dunbar [1650Pinkie ClModest commemorations were held, most especially to mark the Restoration of the Bankton House Doo'cot and the new DVD installed there for visitors telling the story of Colnel Gardiner. A service of remembrance was also held in Tranent Church CL

CLICK HERE for details of the activities

2015 Battle Celebrations and Re-enactments

These 9th Re-enactments were the last before Prestonpans joins the Easat Lothian County Triennial Cycle. At each of the three venues [Dunbar 1650/ Pinkie Cleugh 1547 & Prestonpans 1745] every third year and modest commemorations in the intervening years. The project is led and co-ordinated by the Scottish Battlefields Trust which was established at the 4th National Biennial Symposium convened by the Trust. 2015 was also the fateful year when the twin towers at Cockenzie Power Stations were demolished.

CLICK HERE for Plenty of action at Greenhills before those two towers came down!


2014  Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments

The 8th Annual re-enactments once again attracted a large audience and offered activities throughout the weekend, including the traditional Riggonhead Defile Walk on Saturday dawn. The encampment was a magnificent opportunity for visitors to gain an extended understanding of the circumnstrances leading up to the battle as well as to meet with the re-enactors personally - most especially General Sir John Cope. The closing moments on Sunday were shared with the Coastal Regeneration Alliance which is fighting to protect the future of Greenhills where the re-enactments now take place from unacceptable development plans.

CLICK HERE for Dragoons give a good account of themslves

CLICK HERE for Prince defeats the redcoats in 9 minutes

CLICK HERE for Plans for Field of Remembrance

CLICK HERE for Coastal Regeneration Alliance Partnership protest

CLICK HERE for the 4th National Battlefields Symposium

2013 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments

The year saw more than 3,000 attend the re-enactments in Edinburgh, Dunbar and Prestonpans during September 2013. The Alan Brecks made major contributions throughout the year at Prestonpans Tapestry exhibitions and scaling Arthur's Seat. As the Tapestry was exhibited in Bayeux bringing visitor numbers past 250,000 in October 2013, a full weekend of re-enactments and festivities was presented at Greenhills. Full details at it own websitelinked HERE

CLICK HERE for Proclaiming King James VIII on the Royal Mile

CLICK HERE for Cope's Landing @ Dunbar and his Council of War there

CLICK HERE for Occupation of Presatonpans and the Riggonhead Defile March @ Dawn

CLICK HERE for Encampment 2013 ... and the soldiers wqay of life

CLICK HERE for B&B at Pinkie House - 400th Anniversary Surprise

CLICK HERE for the Dragoons Canter and Fascinate

CLICK HERE for 'Let the Redcoats Run ...'

CLICK HERE for'... and then came the Highland Charge'


2012 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments + Exhibition of Captain Clarke's Skull - August/ September

The year saw the continuation of the touring by the Battle Tapestry including 2 weeks in St Nazaire/ Pornichet and re-enactments nationally by the Alan Brecks including Edinburgh during The Fringe season. In September's annual re-enactments the skull of Captain Clarke of Hamilton's dragoons was exhibited at Prestongrange Museum.

CLICK HERE for Captain Clarke Revisits Prestonpans

CLICK HERE for Medals Won at 5AM on The Riggonhead Defile

CLICK HERE for The Prince Triumphant Again - this year at Greenhills

CLICK HERE for Redcoat Occupation of Prestonpans sees Glorious Sunset

CLICK HERE for Lord Provost Stewart makes a Fist of it but All Ends

CLICK HERE for the 3rd National Biennial Symposium on Scottish Battlefields: Gladsmuir?


2011 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments  + Prestonpans Tapestry Touring - September/ October

The year saw the continuing touring of the Tapestry as reported at its own website linked HERE plus a fine new paintings exhibition and the annual re-enactments commencing in Haddington and Musselburgh with the full scale battle scenes in Cuthill Park on the Staurday and Sunday.

CLICK HERE for Haddington's St Mary's Draws the Crowds

CLICK HERE for Stunning Art Exhibition at The Gothenburg

CLICK HERE for Highlanders Cross the Esk and Peter MacKenzie leads his 12th Annual Battlefield Walk

CLICK HERE for Most Re-enactors Yet Drew the Crowds to Cuthill Park

CLICK HERE for Stone Masons' Royal Visitor Takes a Partial Look at the Tapestry

Battle of Prestonpans 1745 - Celebrations 2010 Battle Celebrations & Re-enactments + Prestonpans Tapestry on Tour - June/ September
The year saw an even greater pattern of celebrations and re-enactments! It began in June with the 2nd National Biennial Conference on Scotland's Battlefields and from July 26th/ September 26th saw the 104 metre Prestonpans Tapestry tour the Highlands and East Coast in the run up to the traditional September battle conflict. Two 'new' occasions were the Highlanders March from King's Park to Duddingston and the Landing of Cope's Redcoats at Dunbar. Cuthill Park once again hosted a weekend encampment, drills and battle conflict on both Saturday and Sunday.

CLICK HERE for 2nd National Biennial Conference on Scottish Battlefields
CLICK AT END HERE for details of the Prestonpans Tapestry TOUR [1]  / TAPESTRY URL [2] 
CLICK HERE for Eastothian Courier picture spread of Tapestry
CLICK HERE for the full September re-enactment Programme
CLICK HERE for East Lothian Courier pictures of Battle Re-enactments
CLICK HERE for Holyrood/ Duddingston March
CLICK HERE for Cope's Landing at Dunbar
CLICK HERE for Summary Press Coverage of the September Programme
CLICK AT END HERE for Riggonhead/ Battle / Encampment Scenes: PART 1PART 2 / PART 3

Celebrations 2009

2009 Battle Re-enactments, Cuthill, The Riggonhead Defile and Cockenzie House - September 18th / 19th
The 2009 annual re-enactments and events to mark the anniversary of the 1745 Battle of Prestonpans included Walking the Riggonhead Defile, the capture of Cockenzie House and the flight of the redcoats to Pittenweem from Morrison's Haven.

Celebrations 2008

2009 The Prince's Loyal Clans Exhibition - July 18th / 31st
As the Trust's contribution to The Homecoming, to coincide with The Gathering of the Clans in Edinburgh July 25th/ 26th, an Exhibition was arranged that told of each clans role with the Prince at the Battle of Prestonpans September 21st 1745. A series of associated activities was provided and the Trust was delighted to welcome the Camerons from New Zealand for the re-enactment of the incident in Tranent churchyard on September 20th 1745.

Celebrations 2008

2008 East Lothian Courier - Reporting on the Battle of Prestonpans 263rd Anniversary Re-Enactment.
The East Lothian Courier reports on the successful 263rd anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Prestonpans on September 19th and 20th. This picture tale can be viewed by selecting the link below.

Battle Symposium

2008 Battle Re-enactments September 17th - 20th Edinburgh, Duddingston & Prestonpans
The schedule was carried forward in consultation with the host Regiments The Glenbuckets, 77th Montgomeries and Lace Wars. It began with the Proclamation of King James VIII at Edinburgh's Mercat Cross, continuingwith the Council of War at Duddingston, the March through the Riggonhead Defile, the mortal wounding of Colonel Gardiner at Bankyton House,the final moments of the battle in Cuthill Park and the redcoat escape from Morrison's Haven..

Battle Symposium

2008 Battle of Prestonpans Conference (Battle Symposium)
The 18th and 19th of September 2008 saw a 'Battle Symposium' taking place at Prestonpans Community Centre including the presentation of The Battle of Pots & Pans on the evening of 18th.  Cameo re-battle enactments were given on the 19th and 20th of September 2008 at Duddingston and in Prestonpans.

September 17th saw The Proclamation of King James VIII at the Edinburgh Merket Cross and a Reception and Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

2007 Battle of Prestonpans Anniversary Programme

2007 Battle of Prestonpans 262nd Anniversary Schedule
September 21st was the 262nd anniversary of the famous 1745 Battle of Prestopans - Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army's greatest victory!  View the anniversary programme for the event and celebration schedule @ Holyroodhouse Palace ,the Riggonhead Defile, Colonel Gardiner's Last skirmish and Cockenzie House.  The National Trust for Scotland also presented a lecture.

East Lothian Courier - Battle of Prestonpans Anniversary Article

2007 East Lothian Courier - The Battle of Prestonpans Anniversary Article
The East Lothian Courier reported on the up coming 262nd anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Prestonpans beginning on the 21st and ending on the 22nd September. The article is split over three pages and viewable via the links below.

East Lothian Courier - Battle of Prestonpans Anniversary Article

2007 East Lothian Courier - Reporting on the Battle of Prestonpans Anniversary Re-Enactment.
The East Lothian Courier reports on the successful 262nd anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Prestonpans over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September. This article can be viewed by selecting the link below.

1995 Brochure Thumbnail

1995 Battle of Prestonpans - 250th Anniversary Souvenir Brochure
This re-enactment was presented by East Lothian District Council and organised by the District Library Services to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans.

1995 Press Cutting

1995 Battle Press Cutting
Prestonpans '95 Local History Week article