Revolting Peterhead - a Jacobite Special

The walk is suitable for all ages and will finish at the town's Arbuthnot Museum.
The walk is suitable for all ages and will finish at the town's Arbuthnot Museum.

On September 23, 1715, dramatic events took place in Peterhead which set off a chain of events which would change the town forever.

Hotfoot from proclaiming the pretender James Stuart to be King in Aberdeen, Earl Marischal Keith returned to Peterhead and had the proclamation read to his own people at the town’s Market Cross.

The tricentenary of the 1715 Jacobite rising is almost upon us, and given its dramatic consequences for Peterhead, a special town trail has been created.

Locals can join the Town Trail’s team o for a special walk on Saturday, September 19, at 1.30pm. to explore the Blue Toon’s rebellious tendencies, to see the sites, and hear the stories of loyalty, loss, unexpected royalty, home defence and deviously cunning politicians. Visiting the sites around the town centre with the strongest Jacobite links, take a roller-coaster ride through the story of a town in revolt against an unpopular government. Who upset Lord Saltoun and why were the people of Fraserburgh more than a little cross with their neighbours?

The walk is free, and starts at Drummers Corner, finishing at Arbuthnot Museum. It is suitable for of all ages. To book or for more information, contact Heather Barclay on 07584 267789 or email heather.barclay@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.