12:30 – 13:00 Orientation and How-to

13:00 – 13:45 Arran Johnston, Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Army in Edinburgh

13:45 – 14:30 Ian Macintyre, Black Boar Swordsmanship School │Edinburgh Fencing Masters of the Jacobite Era

14:30 – 14:45 Break and Q&A with Arran Johnson & Ian Macintyre

14:45 – 15:30 Aaron McGregor & Lucia Capellaro │Scottish Music in the Time of the Rebellion

15:30 – 16:15 Alena Shmakova, Les Danses Antiques │Edinburgh Assembly and Dance Traditions around 1745

16:15 – 17:00 Pat Ballantyne│Francis Peacock’s ‘Highland’ Dance Steps

17:00 – 17:30 Break and Q&A with Aaron McGregor, Lucia Capellaro, Alena Shmakova, Pat Ballantyne

17:30 – 18:30 Online Tour around Edinburgh featuring sights mentioned on the day and related to the Rebellion

How You Can Join the Event

  1. To join the event you need to buy a ticket using Eventbrite service. Press “Buy Tickets” button to be forwarded to the event’s Eventbrite page. On the 3rd of October, you will receive an invitation and a link to join the Zoom meeting on the 4th of October.
  2. The event will be held online on Zoom. You do not need to travel anywhere. Zoom is an online conference platform so you can watch all the sessions from the comfort of your home. We are running a “How-to Zoom” session 12:30 – 13:00 BST on the 4th of October for those less familiar with the platform.
  3. You do not need to install Zoom on your device to join the conference. You can take part using a browser version of Zoom. However, you may experience lower quality of connection and less functionality than using the preinstalled programme. You can read this help page here or watch this video on YouTube on how to join Zoom conference.
  4. All sessions will be recorded and later shared with registered participants. The videos will be available for 7 days so you can watch what you missed later.

Programme in Detail

Dr Arran Johnston

The six-week Jacobite occupation of Edinburgh 275 years ago saw Edinburgh’s role as a royal capital suddenly revived, as the young Stuart prince took up residence at Holyrood with the backing of a freshly victorious army. This presentation will explore the key events of the occupation, the nature of both the Prince and his army, and why this period was crucial to the events of 1745-6.

Ian Macintyre

This presentation will look at the lives of several fencing masters and their work as fencers but also participants in the early Jacobite wars. This will be followed by a short demonstration of some of the techniques they advocated for use with a sword.

 Dr Aaron McGregor&Lucia Capellaro

This lecture-recital will explore the Scottish musical environment of 1745, focussing on some of the key repertoire and musical events surrounding the Rebellion, as well as discussion of Jacobite music and the Stuart Courts in Exile. The talk will be accompanied by live performance on baroque violin and cello.

 Dr Alena Shmakova

The Fair Assembly, as Allan Ramsay named, was created in 1723 and run by all-female board of “directresses” until 1746. Located in the closes by Royal Mile which still carry its name, it could be attended by people of acceptable social standing on the purchase of the ticket. Join this session to learn more about the first Scottish country dances and try some of the dances practiced in the 18th century Scottish ballrooms.

 Dr Pat Ballantyne

In 1805, Francis Peacock, a dancing master in Aberdeen, published a learned treatise on dance in which he described ten dance steps he had observed Highlanders dancing. In this session you can find out why he did this and try the steps.

Join Alena and Arran to walk around Edinburgh Old Town UNESCO Heritage site to see places survived from 1745 till now.