On Monday 7 December 2015, there will be a talk and presentation given by Dr. Bill Shannon, to the members and visitors of the Preston Historical Society at Preston Minster on Church Street, Preston.
Dr. Shannon is an authoritative figure on the knowledge of the 1715 Battle Of Preston and will be explaining in detail the sequence of events from the uprising of the Jacobites to the eventual battle which took place in Preston during the month of November 1715.
If you’ve been following Blog Preston’s series on this subject kindly provided by the Preston Historical Society, you will be enlightened as to the finer details of the battle and the aftermath created by the devastation and death which ensued. If you have been captivated by all the proceedings of the last couple of weeks, of the various publications, events and the Battle of Preston 1715 re-enactment, then it is highly recommended that you attend the talk to acquaint yourself with the fuller details of the Jacobite uprising.
Aidan Turner-Bishop, a serving committee member of the Preston Historical Society and former Chair of the Preston & South Ribble Civic Trust, has passed on to us an anecdote which he thought might be worth considering for the readers amusement.
A question arose recently; “Was the battle of Preston noisy? What did it sound like?”.
Mr. Turner Bishop discovered that according to Thomas Whitaker’s An history of Richmondshire , vol. 2, page 432, Whitaker, the Vicar of Whalley, wrote “I have conversed with a person who distinctly heard the roar of the engagement into the township of Cliviger, a distance of nearly twenty-five miles: and there is now living (A.D.1818) a female parishioner of my own, a native of the same township, still in possession of her memory, who in the hundredth year after the event gave me a distinct account of the confusion which prevailed in the neighbourhood on that occasion, and of the concealment of a gentleman of very ancient family in one of his own farm-houses, near the place of her abode. This extraordinary person is now in her hundred and eighth or ninth year.”
The Preston Historical Society convenes for the meeting and talk from Dr. Bill Shannon on Monday 7 December at 7.15pm
The venue, as per usual is:
If you are not a member, you can attend the meeting and talk as a visitor for a fee of £3.00.
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