Anniversary Weekend

To mark the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans, we are planning an exciting long weekend of events. There really should be something for everyone!


SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2020

“Beneath the Thorntree”: a commemoration in music, poetry and song – join us online for the premiere of our very special 275th anniversary film, which replaces the live performance which had originally been planned. Showcasing the cultural legacy of the battle and bringing to life some of the local people it affected, this narrated gala of music and poetry readings will be broadcast for the first time on our Facebook and YouTube pages at 7pm.


SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

Live from the Prince’s Pavilion! – from 11.30am-4.15pm, join Bonnie Prince Charlie as he hosts a day of online presentations live from his pavilion out on Prestonpans Battlefield. You can see all the presentations on our Facebook homepage: www.facebook.com/Prestonpans1745

11:30 A Royal Welcome!

12:00 Paper Parade: the model Jacobite army in review

12:30 Dressing a Redcoat

13:00 Lesley’s Lunches: making and tasting some 18th century recipes

13:30 Around the campaign table: a tactical discussion

14:00 Paper Parade: the model British army in review

14:30 Dressing a Jacobite

15:00 Weapons with Paul Macdonald

15:30 Interview with the Prince

16:00 Farewell message

MONDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2020

Anniversary Commemoration – join us online as we mark the actual 275th anniversary of the battle with a special commemoration at 12pm. The short ceremony will conclude with a silence to remember those who fell on both sides of the conflict.

Due to current guidelines we are recommending all who wish to view the commemoration to do so online rather than in person. Anyone attending is kindly asked to maintain social distancing and follow any other guidance given by the event officer.


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