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Battle Name : Prestonpans

Date(s) : 21 September 1745

Part of : Jacobite Rebellions ,

Outcome : A victory for Jacobite Army over Hanoverian, Government forces

Type of battle : Land


Despite the Government troops under Cope taking up a strong position protected by the sea to the north, and marshes to the south, the Jacobite clansmen were led along a hidden pathway and their powerful charge was able to break upon Cope troops as they were forming up. The rout lasted not more than 10 minutes and greatly added to the Highlander's morale.


14 miles from North Berwick, between Edinburgh and Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland (Scotland)

Casualty figures

Jacobite Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
110 (4.49%)

Hanoverian, Government forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,800 (81.82%)