Volunteering for Cope - the stories of Jack, Grosset and Carlyle
10th June 8pm
In our next installment of the 1722 Lectures, Dr Arran Johnston will bring to life some of the lesser known stories and characters surrounding the Battle of Prestonpans.
In the late summer of 1745, the advance of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highlanders presented some hard choices for the civilian population. This talk looks at the stories of three rather different men - a mathematician, a customs officer, and a theology graduate - who all chose to help Sir John Cope's army as it prepared to give battle to the Jacobites. Each played their own unique part in the Battle of Prestonpans and each, in very different circumstances, left us their account of it. Together, they tell quite a fascinating story.
Arran is executive trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. He studied at Edinburgh University and the University of the West of Scotland, and has been working on projects relating to Prestonpans battlefield for more than 12 years. He is the author of the most comprehensive recent study of the battle, On Gladsmuir Shall the Battle Be!
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