battle of Prestonpans

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(21 September 1745)

A military engagement during the Forty-Five Rebellion on the Scottish coast 14.5 km (9 miles) east of Edinburgh. It resulted in a famous Jacobite victory, when Bonnie Prince Charlie's untrained Scots met Sir John Cope's professional royalist forces and surprisingly routed them in little more than five minutes. The victory attracted many recruits to the Young Pretender's standard and paved the way for his invasion of England.

Subjects: World History — British History.

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