The History of Leith

October 7, 2010

The Battle of Prestonpans

The Battle of Prestonpans was the first significant conflict in the second Jacobite Rising. The battle took place at 4am on 21 September 1745. The Jacobite army loyal to James Francis Edward Stuart and led by his son Charles Edward Stuart defeated the government army loyal to the Hanoverian George II led by Sir John Cope. The inexperienced government troops were outflanked and broke in the face of a highland charge. The victory was a huge morale boost for the Jacobites, and a heavily mythologized version of the story entered art and legend, for more click here

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