The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry


Launched Greenhills, Prestonpans, 26 July 2010


104 panels, each 0.5m by 1m

Involved over 250 stitchers


The commission was to design and draw out each panel.  The 106 panels then were given to stitchers to embroider and embellish. 


It depicts the Journey of "Bonnie Prince Charlie" across Scotland to The Battle of Prestonpans in 1745


A 104 metre tapestry, that tells the story of the journey of Jacobite Rebellion from Rome to The Battle of Prestonpans. It has involved many in its production. Creating the visual story that is based on research mainly from the book Battle of Prestonpans 1745 by Martin Margulies. Although I have used a much wider net, Martin's Book has been the main inspiration. The original idea came from Gordon Prestoungrange after he saw the Bayeux Tapestry. It has involved 260+ stitchers, 10 million stitches, 3000 metres of thread and been produced in Scotland, England, Ireland, USA, Australia and France. 

The tapestry is a simple timeline, every five panels are stitched together.


Battle of Prestonpans website

Documentary by Eric Robinson


Tapestry design and drawing copyright © Andrew Crummy

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