Prestonpans Battlefield

The Battle of Prestonpans was the first battle of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. On 20-21 September 1745 the Jacobite army led by Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) achieved a stunning and unexpectedly one-sided victory over the Government forces led by Sir John Cope. About 50 Jacobites are killed compared with 400 Government troops. Almost all of the Government infantry was captured. The battlefield features a series of interpretation panels, several stone monuments and memorials, a viewpoint, and a mini-museum at Bankton Doocot. There is also a museum dedicated to the battle in the town of Prestonpans itself (


Viewpoint and trail at all times. There is a free app to guide your exploration and a downloadable leaflet.



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