This year’s commemorations of the Battle of Prestonpans are set to be more spectacular than ever as the organisers call in the cavalry.
For the first time since September 21, 1745, visitors to the annual re-enactments will be able to see British dragoons riding into battle.
It was the victory that gave Bonnie Prince Charlie control of Scotland - however briefly.
Arran Johnston, historian for the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust, said: “The dragoons will make the battle truly spectacular. Their disorder and flight played a crucial part in the British Army’s defeat, and we’ve never before been able to show that at the re-enactments.
“Without their cavalry, the Redcoat foot-soldiers were at the mercy of the Highlanders’ superior hand-to-hand weaponry.”
A full programme of events has been planned to mark the battle’s anniversary, starting on September 18 with a re-creation of the Jacobite Army’s proclamation of King James on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
At 7pm the following day, Johnnie Cope will hold a public Council of War at the Town House Museum, Dunbar, before the two armies move to Prestonpans, to parade with the British Legion Pipe Band at 7pm on Friday, September 20.
The main events take place beside Cockenzie Power Station on September 21 and 22, when visitors can explore the camps of both armies from 11am to 4.30pm. There will be a chance to meet Prince Charlie and learn about the clothing and weaponry of each side. Two different battle scenarios will take place each day. Go to www.prestonpansreenactment.org.uk