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TITLE
Grave of Flora MacDonald, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0101
PLACENAME
Kilmuir
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
PERIOD
1940s; 1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31990
KEYWORDS
graves
memorials
Jacobites
Jacobite
Battle of Culloden
postcards
Grave of Flora MacDonald, Skye

This postcard shows Grave of Flora MacDonald 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 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 "Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Her name will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour"

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Grave of Flora MacDonald, Skye

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1940s; 1950s

graves; memorials; Jacobites; Jacobite; Battle of Culloden; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Grave of Flora MacDonald 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 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 "Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Her name will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour"