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TITLE
Flora Macdonald's Grave, Kilmuir
EXTERNAL ID
HCD00496
PLACENAME
Kilmuir
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
DATE OF IMAGE
1950
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12203
KEYWORDS
Flora Macdonald
memorial
Kilmuir
zoomable images

The memorial to Flora Macdonald is in the graveyard at Kilmuir in the north of Skye. She was born in South Uist in 1722. Her father died soon after she was born, her mother remarried and Flora was brought up by a Clanranald family. She was educated in Edinburgh.

While visiting her brother in South Uist in 1746, she assisted in smuggling Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, dressed as her maid 'Betty Burke', over to Skye. Flora Macdonald was arrested for her involvement and sent to the Tower of London, but was released shortly after due to the 1747 Act of Indemnity. After a time spent in North Carolina, where her husband was imprisoned, they re-established themselves and their family at Kingsburgh, Skye. Flora died in 1790, and a memorial was first built at Kilmuir in 1871. This blew down in 1879, but a new cross was erected in 1880 and refurbished in 1882. The epitaph on the memorial, written by Dr Johnson, reads "A name that will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour"


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Flora Macdonald's Grave, Kilmuir

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1950s

Flora Macdonald; memorial; Kilmuir; zoomable images

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

The memorial to Flora Macdonald is in the graveyard at Kilmuir in the north of Skye. She was born in South Uist in 1722. Her father died soon after she was born, her mother remarried and Flora was brought up by a Clanranald family. She was educated in Edinburgh. <br /> <br /> While visiting her brother in South Uist in 1746, she assisted in smuggling Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, dressed as her maid 'Betty Burke', over to Skye. Flora Macdonald was arrested for her involvement and sent to the Tower of London, but was released shortly after due to the 1747 Act of Indemnity. After a time spent in North Carolina, where her husband was imprisoned, they re-established themselves and their family at Kingsburgh, Skye. Flora died in 1790, and a memorial was first built at Kilmuir in 1871. This blew down in 1879, but a new cross was erected in 1880 and refurbished in 1882. The epitaph on the memorial, written by Dr Johnson, reads "A name that will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour" <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>