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Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh

Tattie Bogle 15 Jul 11 - 05:16 PM
Snuffy 18 Jul 11 - 03:04 PM
Tattie Bogle 19 Jul 11 - 08:39 PM
Crowhugger 19 Jul 11 - 10:23 PM
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Subject: Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 05:16 PM

An absolute must for any visitors to or residents of Edinburgh and surrounding area!
This incredible piece of work that is currently on display in St Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh (fairly near to Haymarket station). It commemorates the Battle of Prestonpans of 1745 (part of Bonnie Prince charlie's campaign, and Prestonpans being short distance East of Edinburgh: inspired by the Bayeux tapestry, 225 people were involved in stitching it: at 104 metres long, you have to go down and up both sides of the cathedral TWICE to follow the whole story - and it's longer then the Bayeux one!
Full details of how the tapestry came about are on its own website here:
http://www.prestoungrange.org/tapestry/


There are a number of talks and musical events associated with it during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, as well as some Scots Music Group students and others going in some afternoons in July to play or sing music/songs related to the period.
And Ian Green of Greentrax has brought out a CD of songs and music of the Jacobite period, featuring such folk as the McCalmans, Karen Matheson and Davy Steele: track listing on the website above. And there's a beautiful book of the tapestry available to purchase, both in paperback and hardback.
The ultimate aim is to raise sufficient funds to build a special gallery where the tapestry can be housed permanently. Do go along and support it: it is on display there until the end of August, and will also be in St Mary's Church Haddington for a week in September).


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Subject: RE: Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Jul 11 - 03:04 PM

Thanks for alerting us to this. We were coming up to Fife for a weekend with relatives, and saw your post just before leaving home.

We mentioned it to the rellies, and they were as keen as us to drive down to Embro to see it. And well impressed we all were: an amazing tapestry, and what a setting to view it in! Thanks again for the heads up.


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Subject: RE: Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Jul 11 - 08:39 PM

Glad you enjoyed it Snuffy: was in there again today singing some Jacobite songs and doing some choonz tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh
From: Crowhugger
Date: 19 Jul 11 - 10:23 PM

What an amazing work! Where will be its permanent home?


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Subject: RE: Review: Prestonpans Tapestry, Edinburgh
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 11 - 05:28 PM

They are trying to raise funds for a circular building so that you can walk around the whole tapestry in one go: eventually in Prestonpans itself, I guess. But there was a talk today about it, and there are plans for it to tour further first, even to the USA and Canada. Apparently it has so far followed the route of Bonnie Pronce Charlie's 1745 campaign so has been seen in Eriskay and the West Highlands before working its way down to Edinburgh: and people from all the areas in the campaign were involved in stitching their own bit of local history.


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