News - Commemoration Of The Battle Of Prestonpans, 15-16 September 2018


n 15-16 September the East Lothian battle weekend will feature a special commemoration of the Battle of Prestonpans, at which a new memorial table of the clans will be unveiled. Chiefs representing the clans that took part in the battle will be present, including our Chief.

Clan Donnachaidh was present at the Battle of Prestonpans, though the aged Poet Chief, taking part in his third uprising, had to delegate leadership in battle to his cousins Woodsheal and Drumachuine. He returned home after the battle in General Cope's carriage, which had been captured by his clansmen at Prestonpans.

A special feature of the commemorations is the grand commemorative parade on Saturday 15 September in which the chiefs and other representatives will take part. The parade will leave the Meadowmill Sports Centre at 10 a.m. and pass through streets named after the clans that took part in the battle, including Struan Wynd and Robertson Avenue.

The formal Recognition of the Clans and their Chiefs / Representers will take place at the conclusion of the Parade when it reaches Greenhills and the service of Remembrance and Commemoration takes place. Each will be formally Recognised and they will lead the Parade through the turnstiles first.

As well as attending the Parade all are encouraged/welcomed to attend the Re-enactments which run till 5pm .. food/ local beers and many authentic activities ...for which there is Early Bird Entry at £3/ £1.50 till 12 noon [a 50% discount]. Visitors might also wish to Walk the Battlefield itself [re-entry not a problem] for which a free APP is available on Google and Apple @ prestonpans 1745 . This APP also includes the Prestonpans tapestry which is on display at nearby Cockenzie House and the 1722 Waggonway; and the Paper Army exhibition is open at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg to the west of Greenhills.

The programme can be seen at this link. Programme

Clan Donnachaidh members are invited to take part in the parade. The dress code is tartan: ‘tartanised as much as possible’. Children may take part alongside their parents.

Entries to the Greenhills site before noon are at the early admission price.

If you are interested in attending, would you contact Stephanie from this link: Contact Stephanie


Those who would like to take part in the procession are invited to go to the Meadowmill Sports Centre car park at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 15 September. The dress code is a good display of tartan (kilt, trews, skirt, etc.).

A number of chiefs are planning to attend, including our Chief. We are advised to gather in clan groups and then follow the instructions of the organizers. We gather the Prince will be there!

The procession will leave at 10 a.m. to make its way through streets named after the clans that took part (there is both a Robertson Avenue and Struan Wynd). The residents will be out to welcome the parade.

On arrival at the Greenhills site there will be a ceremony of commemoration and the unveiling of new memorial tablets before the weekend events commence. There will be a reduced entrance price of £3 before noon. (£1.50 for children.)

Children are welcome to take part in the procession but should be accompanied by an adult.

There are also good bus and train services from Edinburgh and intervening stations.

Best regards,
Stephanie Robertson

Map of Parking and Parade Route