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The Battle of Prestonpans 1745

At the Prestoungrange Gothenburg

"The Goth" has long been an active supporter of the battlefield, and so it is no surprise to those who know it that visitors to the pub can find a number of points of interest here.

 

On the ground floor, in the Willie Park lounge, there are two fine portraits by Kate Hunter which were commissioned by the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. One shows the Jacobite commander Prince Charles Edward Stuart, whilst the other depicts Lt-General Sir John Cope.

 

In a cabinet mounted in the wall there is a display of artefacts: an 18th century powder horn of the type used by the Highlanders; musket and pistol balls; an early copy of Dodderidge's "Life of Colonel Gardiner"; some 19th century clay pipes discovered on the battlefield; and models showing how some of the local buildings appeared in 1745. But the highlight is of course the large piece of hawthorn wood - a rare fragment of the thorntree beneath which Colonel Gardiner fought and fell at the battle. There are some other interesting items on the walls around the room as well, particularly in the fireplace recess.

 

Upstairs in the Thomas Nelson suite is a striking collection of large paintings by local artist Andrew Hillhouse. These dramatic and vivid images depict a sequence of key moments from the battle: the pre-dawn march; the charge of the Camerons; the scene in Tranent manse; the surrender of Cockenzie House; and the solemn sight of the fields of Prestonpans after the battle. There is also a large painting by Ronald Elliot depicting the Prince beside the captured cannons, taking his meal with the great Gaelic poet Alexander Macdonald. Ask at the bar and they will let you know if the room is available for you to view the paintings (it is a popular function room).

 

The Goth is closed on Mondays, but is open every other day. It is closed from 3pm Tuesdays and 3pm-5pm Wednesdays.  The building has many other points of interest, not least its own architecture and design, and a visit for lunch is recommended too!

 

Prestoungrange Gothenburg

227-229 High Street

Prestonpans

East Lothian

EH32 9BE

 

 

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