Journal - 1745, comparison with Lockhart - 1817

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the town of Prestonpans Preston pans  betwixt  Col.  Colonel Gardiners Gardners house & and Portsetan P. Seton.  We lay in sight of them till the Evening evening when our people grew very impatient to be engadged but with difficulty being restrained by Authority authority.  both Armys armys lay upon their continued under upon their Arms arms all night, the .The Enemy enemy were about 4000, drawn up on the field on the east of Preston village, having that Village village on their right, a broad & and deep ditch in on their front, a small morass on their left, and the firth Firth of Forth on the Rear their rear, so yt that it was impossible to attack ‘em them in front but at the greatest Risk risk.  Their foot in the Center center were the regiments of Murray & and Lascelles, 5 Companys companys of Lee’s Lees’s, 4 Comps.  companys of Guise’s, 3 Comp. companys of Ld Lowdons  Lord Loudens Highland Regiment regiment, and a number of recruitsers recruits for regiments at home or abroad and abroad;.  Hamiltons & Gardiners Dragoons Hamiltons and Gardners dragoons forming the wings on the right and left, there  . There were besides, several Volunteers seceeders seceders &c from Edr Edinburgh,. and Gentlemen gentlemen at the head of their tennants tennents.  Genl General Cope had Cannon & Coehorns cannon and coehorns which were thrown off during the night, and large fires were placed made round his whole camp.  Our men keept quiet all night, not aword a word was heard.  Saturday 21t Sepr.  21st of September about ? three in the morning We we changed our ground & and marched eastward then turning North north formed a 2 lines so as to prevent the enemys retreat through the East Country east country, towards Haddington Haddingtoun on the one hand, or on the other to steal a march to prevent their steal-


In the Journal, the time could be 3 or 8, Lockhart says three.