Prestonpans (East Lothian)

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The Battlefield Landscape

Pupils from Preston Lodge High School argue that the Jacobite battlefield at Prestonpans needs to be rescued from years of neglect. Award-winning photographer Colin Prior reveals some simple tips to help capture great photographs in the outdoors. Landscape photographer Colin Prior provides some of the helpful tips and tools you need to capture great photographs.

Prestonpans is a town in East Lothian. A settlement was already established here by the 12th Century, when monks from Newbattle and Holyrood based themselves here. The monks set up pans along the shore, manufacturing salt from sea water. By the 13th Century, the monks mined coal in the area. The industry continued into the 20th Century and encouraged further industries, including glass work and brewing, to develop in the area.

The Battle of Prestonpans was fought here on 21st September 1745. In this film, pupils from Preston Lodge High School argue that the Jacobite battlefield at Prestonpans needs to be rescued from years of neglect.

Features of the area

East Lothian Group

East Lothian is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It borders the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Midlothian, and has Haddington as its administrative centre.

The council area was created in 1996 with the same boundaries as the East Lothian district of the then Lothian region.

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