Edinburgh will be invaded by Jacobites this weekend as Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces take on the Redcoats to once again occupy the city.
The re-enactment at St Mary’s Cathedral is part of a programme to celebrate the large Battle of Prestonpans tapestry, currently on display there.
Dozens of ‘Jacobites’ and ‘Redcoats’ will do battle on the cathedral’s North Lawn between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Entry is free, but donations will be welcome towards the campaign to build a battle visitor centre and permanent home for the tapestry.
The tapestry was commissioned by the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust in 2010. It was made by 200 volunteers from around Scotland and is said to be the longest in the world.
Arran Johnston, executive trustee of the Battle Trust and organiser of the re-enactments, said: "We’re marking the occupation of Edinburgh by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, and celebrating the success of the tapestry exhibition here at the cathedral.
"The Prince’s invasion was easier than he could have hoped for, with very little resistance. Ours promises to be a bit more exciting to watch than the original event.
"Thousands of people have visited the cathedral to see the tapestry so far and we thought these re-enactments were a great way to bring the story it tells to life."