Copy of Original Journal & Memoires
of Prince Charles's
Expedition into Scotland 1745-6
By a Highland Officer in his Army
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Page numbered 17

the town of Prestonpans betwixt Col. Gardiners house
& Portsetan. We lay in sight of them till the Even-
ing when our people grew very impatient to be en-
gadged but with difficulty being restrained by Autho-
                                   continued under
rity both Armys lay upon their ^ Arms all night the
*1 Enemy were about 4000 drawn up on the field on
the east of Preston village having that Village on
their right a broad & deep ditch in their front a
small morass on their left and the firth of Forth on
the Rear so yt it was impossible to attack 'em in front
but at the greatest Risk. Their foot in the Center
were the regiments of Murray & Lascelles 5 Com-
panys of Lee's 4 Comps.of Guise's 3 Comp. of Ld Low-
dons Highland Regiment, and a number of re-
cruitsers for regiments at home or abroad Hamil
tons & Gardiners Dragoons forming the wings on
the right and left; there were besides several Vo-
lunteers seceeders ^ from Edr and Gentlemen at the
head of their tennants. Genl. Cope had Cannon &
Coehorns which were thrown off during the night
and large fires were placed round his whole
*2 camp. Our men keept ^ all night, not aword was
heard Saturday 21t Sepr about ? in the morn-
ing We changed our ground & marched eastward
then turning North formed a 2 lines so as to prevent
the enemys retreat through the East Country to-
wards Haddington on the one hand; or on the
other to steal a march to prevent their steal-

Margin notes:

*1 Pr.
*2 Sepr 21