The main focus of the GSDC has been to keep Culloden Battlefield from development... however, it now appears that Prestonpans Battlefield is under consideration for both industrial and commercial development.
A Prestonpans Community Councillor has been reported today as saying "nobody is interested" in Prestonpans Battlefield, whilst presenting a draft masterplan for the area which earmarks a large part of the core battlefield for industrial/commercial development (blocks 8 and 10 on the map, click map to bring up larger image).
UPDATE: June 16, 2016: The PROTECT PRESTONPANS petition, as of now, has 12,417 signatures! What a huge show of support for the efforts of Arran Johnston , Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust working for the protection of Prestonpans. Ms. Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Fans, GSDC members, concerned groups and individuals have clearly shown that WE care about the battlefield! Good job everyone!
The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust and all those in the community fighting to protect and improve Prestonpans are truly overwhelmed by the response to our petition. But we are not surprised, because we have always known the importance of this battlefield and the support there is for preserving it!
PETITION appealing for Prestonpans 1745 to be safe-guarded against use as industrial/commercial land.
This comes in response to several live threats which have been triggered by the closure of Cockenzie Power Station, Scottish Power being owners of a large part of the core battlefield area. There are currently plans to construct a huge electricity substation compound over the field, plus a proposal out for consultation from the community council to re-designate the whole of the key western portion of the battlefield (in which the British Army broke up and where most of the casualties were inflicted) for industrial and commercial development.
At the moment the land stands idle, but the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust and local community campaigners wish to see it protected, with agriculture, pathways, and a field of remembrance in preference to industrial desecration.
What is needed now is a strong sign of public support for the battlefield's survival, so please sign and share this petition.
Blàr Chùil Lodair, 16 an Giblean 2016. Tha na faireachdainnean agam an-diugh a’ sìneadh eadar irioslachd agus pròis, irioslachd a thaobh an urraim a thug sibh dhomh cuimhne a ghleidheadh air na Gàidheil cliùiteach a thuit ann an Cogadh nan Seumasach, agus pròis a thaobh an dleastanais a bhuilich sibh orm a bhith a’ riochdachadh Comunn Gàidhlig Inbhir-Nis aig Seirbhis Cuimhneachaidh Blàr Chùil Lodair. Le carragh-cuimhne air ar beulaibh agus raon uaigneach tiamhaidh fo ar comhair, tha sinn uile mothachail air an tuiteamas seo a tha a’ sìoladh sìos thugainn thar nan linntean bhon dearbh latha sa’ Ghiblean 1746. Gu deimhinnte ’s e droch latha a bh’ ann, airson Gàidheal air gach taobh dhen t-strì agus mar sin, tha cothrom againn a-rithist an-diugh cuimhne ùrachadh air na daoine foghainteach a chaill am beatha aig Cùil Lodair agus an comharrachadh as ùr.
Gaelic Society Chief, Prof Hugh Cheape, addresses the gathering at the 2016 Memorial Service and Mgr. Maoilios Caimbeul reads ‘Latha Chùil-Lodair’ / ‘Culloden Day’ by Iain Ruadh Stiùbhart.
A video by GSDC member Paul Jamieson on the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. The video starts around 6am on the commemoration Saturday after he spent the night walking the Battlefield. It snowed and rained most of the evening and was still overcast. The march and service at the central Cairn and afterwards the patriots departed but some stayed on meeting and greeting old and new friends...
'Presenting' or 'lining' is very much part of Gaelic Culture. The presenter sings the line, the congregation sings the line after him. Here is a video of the remembrance service at Culloden.
April 15, 2016: National Trust for Scotland On the 16th April 1746 the Battle of Culloden took place on Drumossie Muir, near Inverness. The battle lasted less than an hour and saw Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Jacobite army defeated by a Government army led by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT. . . the fight is NOT over!
The new Protection Area DOES NOT include Viewhill Farm!
A 16 unit housing development is being proposed at Viewhill, just 400m from the Battlefield Enclosure. The image above is the developer's drawing of what the housing would look like as seen from the Battlefield.
This development has been opposed by Highland Council.
This development has been opposed by The National Trust.
The development is not in keeping with Policy 35.
Historic Scotland policies state: "Where planning authorities consult Historic Scotland on significant development...Historic Scotland’s views will be given consideration in (the) determination of a case.
Historic Scotland has not kept to their policies.
Historic Scotland has not visited the site of the proposed build
Yet, they have not opposed this build.
This will just be the beginning of the desecration of the sacred burial grounds of Culloden.
See what Culloden Battlefield might look like if development is allowed to take place! A video by a member of the Scottish Diaspora now living in Australia.
December 3: Councilor Ken Gowans has just announced that the new Protection Area around Culloden Battlefield has been passed by Highland Council !
Although this will not affect any plans for Viewhill Farm it does mean the area in purple on the map will now be permanently protected! Well done! click map image to enlarge
The fighting took place over a wider area than the parts of the battlefield currently in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).
Over 18,000people have signed our on-line petition, including Sir Kenneth Calman, former Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, Dr. Tony Pollard, Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University, Historian Chris Haines MBE and many, many others who are making a statement against the development!
As of February 2015 the petition is no longer active but remains a strong statement regarding keeping development away from Culloden Battlefield!
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