Arran Paul Johnston

Battlefield Historian and Historical Consultant

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I am a freelance historian, writer, speaker and consultant based in East Lothian, Scotland.


I undertake work on a wide range of subjects and historical eras, but I have a particular interest in historic battlefields and warfare, and the Jacobite Risings.


Since 2010 I have served as an executive trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust, and I am the founding director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust.


My work is varied, ranging from writing and designing interpretation panels to the planning of living history events on all scales. I also provide a range of performance-based interpretation. Understanding the past is my passion, and sharing that understanding is my privilege.


My aim is always to make history accessible, engaging and inspiring, whatever the project and whoever the audience.


I have had the pleasure of working with many different organisations, including:

- National Museums Scotland

- Scottish National Portrait Gallery

- Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse

- BBC and BBC Scotland

- BBC Radio

- English Heritage

as well as schools, heritage societies, and local authorities on both sides of the border.



Brief biography:

Arran Paul Johnston was born and raised in Derbyshire, where he discovered an interest in the Jacobites which would later lead him to Scotland. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 with an MA(hons) Latin and Ancient History, and in 2018 completed a PhD at the University of the West of Scotland. Arran has been heavily involved in both the Prestonpans Tapestry and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, and is the author of a number of books, with more due for publication in 2019. He lives in Dunbar with his wife and children.

Arran Johnston as Bonnie Prince Charlie new book