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“On Gladsmuir shall the battle be”

Arran Johnston, founder of the Scottish Battlefields Trust, delivered an excellent, well received talk on the Battle of Prestonpans. The talk was based on his book of the above title which is the most comprehensive study yet of this famous encounter between the government forces under Lieutenant General Sir John Cope and the Jacobite army in 1745. The rout of the government forces is well known, and provided material for the taunting lyric of ‘Hey Johnnie Cope’,  composed by the Haddington-born Adam Skirving.

Peter R