Don’t Build on Battlefield Graves – Battle of Prestonpans
On the morning of 21st September, 1745, brave men from both sides of the civil war commonly known as the Jacobite Rebellion fell on the field of Prestonpans………they lie there still.
In 2016, without consultation or mandate, a Prestonpans community councillor declared “Nobody is interested in the battle site, there is no desire at all for it within the community.”
He put forward a draft plan proposing industrial development across the battlefield site. I grew up in Prestonpans and am absolutely disgusted and appalled at this official’s lack of respect for our community’s history and heritage. I might not have been worthy of consultation, councillor, but you’re wrong if you think I will remain silent!