This year’s anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans – the first major engagement of the 1745 rising – was marked with a series of events. This year, the focus was very much on young people. A special day of craft activities was held at the Battle of Prestonpans Museum on 16 September, which gave children the chance to weave a colourful paper plaid, decorate their own paper-plate targe, or dress as Prince Charlie for a special selfie on the museum’s stage. Dr Arran Johnston also gave a guided tour of the battlefield, exploring the key locations and monuments.
On the anniversary of the battle itself, wreaths were laid at the Memorial Tables by S1 pupils from Preston Lodge High School. They were visiting the battlefield as part of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust‘s education programme, which combines a battlefield walk with clothing and weapons workshop at the museum. You can read more about the pupils visit here:
Next year, the anniversary will be marked in a rather noisier style: the popular major re-enactment will return in September 2024!