A SOUTH Scotland MSP has visited the site of the Battle of Prestonpans and its associated museum to learn about its future and plans for growth.

Craig Hoy travelled to the site alongside museum curator Arran Johnston and parliamentary colleague Donald Cameron MSP, whose ancestor fought at the battle on the side of the Jacobites.

The Battle of Prestonpans Jacobite Museum is located in Prestonpans’ Victorian Town Hall and tells the story of the Battle of Prestonpans with a scale model of the battlefield and a tapestry, and also hosts events on the history of the town.

Mr Cameron is the son of the 27th Lochiel of Clan Cameron – the direct descendent of Donald Cameron, 19th Lochiel of Clan Cameron, who joined his forces with the Jacobites at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.

Mr Cameron met Mr Johnston to discuss the museum’s collection and future growth plans.

He and Mr Hoy were shown a section recently added to the Prestonpans Tapestry, which depicts Lochiel’s forces joining the Prince ahead of the battle.

Mr Hoy said: “The Battle of Prestonpans Museum is a great resource and well worth a visit for those interested in learning more about the history of East Lothian.”

Mr Cameron said: “I was delighted to visit Prestonpans for the first time and see the museum with its impressive and informative exhibition about the battle.”

Mr Johnston added: “In 1745, the support of Cameron of Lochiel was crucial to the Jacobite success at Prestonpans.

“It was therefore a pleasure to show his descendant around the museum!”