May 082013

Loretto_tapestry2,500 visitors flocked to see the famous Prestonpans Tapestry over three days when the 400 year old Pinkie House at Loretto School threw its doors open to the public last week.

Visitors came to view the tapestry, which was on display in the magnificent surroundings of the Painted Gallery-the earliest painted ceiling in Scotland, from as far afield as Glasgow and Newcastle. 700 school children viewed the tapestry from a number of local schools including Loretto School (Musselburgh), Law Primary School (North Berwick), Belhaven Hill (Dunbar), Borough Primary School (Musselburgh), Yester Primary School (Gifford), Loretto RC Primary School (Musselburgh), St Mary’s RC Primary School (Prestonpans).

The 104 metre Prestonpans Tapestry tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from France to victory at Prestonpans in 1745. It celebrates the enduring triumph of youthful hope and ambition. The tapestry is the longest in the world and panel 92 shows The Prince staying overnight at Pinkie House after his victory at the battle of Prestonpans on 21st September 1745.

Organiser, Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, said:

We were almost overwhelmed by the number of visitors! I am so delighted that so many people were able to view this magnificent tapestry in a building closely associated with the leader of the Jacobite uprising, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and in this the 400th anniversary of Pinkie House

The highlight? Undoubtedly, the children of St Mary’s RC Primary School bursting into an impromptu rendition of ‘Hey, Johnnie Cope’! Magnificent!

The next event to be staged at Pinkie House is a Bonhams Valuation and Appraisal Day on Sunday, 14th July. Further details of this event can be obtained by contacting Mr Jonathan Hewat on 0131 653 4413 or email

If you’d like to see more images of the Prestonpans Tapestry, East Lothian FM’s Craig Gordon popped down with his camera. You can find his photos here.