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TITLE
Johnson's Visit to Flora MacDonald
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P001
PLACENAME
Kingsburgh
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Snizort
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31344
KEYWORDS
visits
Prince Charles Edward Stuart
Jacobites
journeys
trips
diaries
Johnson's Visit to Flora MacDonald

Dr Samuel Johnson was an English author, poet and essayist who travelled through Scotland with his friend, James Boswell. Their journey was documented in 'A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland' (1775) which included comments on many places.

During Johnson and Boswell's travels they met Flora MacDonald, the woman who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after the 1745 Jacobite Rising. They met at her house at Kingsburgh a year before she, her husband Allan MacDonald, and their children emigrated to North Carolina.

While in America they remained loyal to Britain throughout the American Revolution. Allan MacDonald was imprisoned for being a loyalist. After the Revolution they returned to Skye. Flora died in 1790 and was buried in the churchyard at Kilmuir.

This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)

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Johnson's Visit to Flora MacDonald

INVERNESS: Snizort

1770s

visits; Prince Charles Edward Stuart; Jacobites; journeys; trips; diaries

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Dr Samuel Johnson was an English author, poet and essayist who travelled through Scotland with his friend, James Boswell. Their journey was documented in 'A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland' (1775) which included comments on many places.<br /> <br /> During Johnson and Boswell's travels they met Flora MacDonald, the woman who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after the 1745 Jacobite Rising. They met at her house at Kingsburgh a year before she, her husband Allan MacDonald, and their children emigrated to North Carolina.<br /> <br /> While in America they remained loyal to Britain throughout the American Revolution. Allan MacDonald was imprisoned for being a loyalist. After the Revolution they returned to Skye. Flora died in 1790 and was buried in the churchyard at Kilmuir.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)