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TITLE
Flora MacDonald
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P011
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31353
KEYWORDS
Charles Edward Stuart
Culloden
emigration
armies
loyalists
Jacobites
Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald was a native of South Uist but was brought up on Skye. She is famous for her part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the defeat of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

When she met the Prince she was initially unwilling to help but was persuaded to get him to Skye. She disguised him as her Irish maid, Betty Burke, and they rowed from Benbecula to Portree where the Prince was able to sail to France. Flora was arrested but later released.

Flora married Allan MacDonald of Kingsburgh and they emigrated to North Carolina in 1774 where they were active in recruiting Scots to fight for the British during the American Revolution. After the British were defeated they returned to settle on Skye. Flora died in 1790 and is 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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Flora MacDonald

1770s

Charles Edward Stuart; Culloden; emigration; armies; loyalists; Jacobites

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Flora MacDonald was a native of South Uist but was brought up on Skye. She is famous for her part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the defeat of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.<br /> <br /> When she met the Prince she was initially unwilling to help but was persuaded to get him to Skye. She disguised him as her Irish maid, Betty Burke, and they rowed from Benbecula to Portree where the Prince was able to sail to France. Flora was arrested but later released.<br /> <br /> Flora married Allan MacDonald of Kingsburgh and they emigrated to North Carolina in 1774 where they were active in recruiting Scots to fight for the British during the American Revolution. After the British were defeated they returned to settle on Skye. Flora died in 1790 and is 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)