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Blood Stain’d Fields


Arran Paul Johnston

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Published 2013.


East Lothian is the most accessible route from the south to the capital for any land invader of Scotland. Across the centuries armies fought their way over the county to the terrible detriment of the inhabitants. Roman, Northumbrians, English, Scots and French armies fortified, fought and died here. The Act of Union in 1707 promised an end to war in East Lothian until Bonnie Prince Charlie and Johnnie Cope brought their armies to Prestonpans in 1745, and threats continued from overseas.


Describing and analyzing the miliray encounters, Arran Johnston shows how the main strands of Scottish history come together, from the Saltire’s first appearance before Athelstaneford in 832, through bitter Anglo-Scottish conflicts (Dunbar in 1296 and 1650, and Pinkie in 1547) and the trials of civil strife (Carberry Hill 1567 and Prestonpans 1745), and then the Massacre of Tranent in 1797. Along with the great battles, the author also covers less well-known conflicts, including sieges and skirmishes. Throughout, contemporary sources are drawn upon, as well as visits to the sites of these battles today.





The Northern Frontier

Votadini & Gododdin

The Battle of Athelstaneford 832


Forging a Nation

The First Battle of Dunbar 1296

The Burnt Candlemas 1356


The Rough Way of Wooing

Destruction of Edinburgh 1544

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh 1547

The Siege of Haddington 1548

The Battle of Carberry Hill 1567


The Great Civil War

The Second Battle of Dunbar 1650

Mossers in East Lothian


The Return of the Stuarts

The Whitekirk Conventicle 1678

The Siege of Bass Castle 1691

Seton Palace & the ‘Fifteen

The Battle of Prestonpans 1745


A New World

The Tranent Massacre 1797


Military Terms Explained

Key People

Select Bibliography

Publisher: Prestoungrange and Cuthill Press

Paperback £9.99 (was £15.00)

ISBN: 9780957563605

Extent: 204 text pp

Illus: 39 colour and b&w illus, map

Dimensions: 233 mm high x 155 mm wide x 18 mm thick

Weight: 638g

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