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MacDonald, Flora

Flora MacDonald

March 4 is the anniversary of the death of Flora MacDonald, who is best remembered for her part in helping Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) escape to France after the defeat of his Jacobite forces at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746.

She was born in South Uist in 1722. Her father, Ranald MacDonald of Milton, died when she was a child and her mother, Marion, was kidnapped and married to Hugh MacDonald of Armadale. As a result, Flora was brought up in the care of the Chief of Clanranald and received some of her education in Edinburgh.

Whilst visiting her brother in Benbecula in 1746 she encountered the Prince and his companion, Captain O’Neill, who were on the run after the defeat at Culloden. Initially she was unwilling to help but fear of reprisals against the people of Benbecula should the Prince be found on the island helped persuade her. The Prince was the subject of the largest manhunt in British history, so by agreeing to help him she was putting herself in great danger. After she received clearance to travel to the mainland with a manservant, a spinning maid and a crew of six boatmen, the Prince was disguised as the spinning maid, Betty Burke. After a failed landing attempt at Waternish on Skye, they successfully got ashore at Kilbride and quickly moved on to Portree and then to Glam on the Island of Raasay. From there the Prince was picked up by a ship bound for France.

With news of the Prince’s escape suspicion fell on Flora and she was arrested and imprisoned, first in Dunstaffnage Castle and then the Tower of London. She was released in 1747 and in 1750 married Allan MacDonald of Kingsburgh with whom she had seven children. For most of the 1750s they lived at Flodigarry on Skye, and after the death of Allan’s father they emigrated to America and settled in North Carolina. Shortly before leaving Scotland she met Dr Samuel Johnson who described her as ‘a woman of soft features, gentle manners and elegant presence.’

Flora and Allan returned to the Highlands in 1779 and lived on the Isle of Skye. She died at Kingsburgh in 1790. A memorial to her was erected at Kilmuir in the north of the Island in 1871 but was blown down in a gale in 1879. A new cross was built in the following year 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.’ The statue of her outside Inverness Castle was erected in 1899.

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Unveiling of Flora MacDonald Monument, Castle Hill, Inverness
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Statue of Flora MacDonald
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Flodigarry Cottage, Skye, Home of Flora Macdonald
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Flora MacDonald's Grave, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye
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Flora MacDonald's Grave, Kilmuir, Skye
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Flora Macdonald's Grave, Kilmuir
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Joseph Hislop in Inverness
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Flora MacDonald's Statue, Inverness
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Flora MacDonald
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Isle of Skye. Flora MacDonald's Grave
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Flora MacDonald's House, Flodigarry, Skye
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Flora MacDonald's Monument and Glenmhor, Inverness
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Flora MacDonald Monument in winter, Castle Hill, Inverness
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Flora MacDonald Monument, Inverness
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Flora MacDonald's Statue, Inverness
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German and Russian Field Guns at Inverness Castle, c1920
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The Church of St Columba, Portree
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Flora Macdonald's Grave, Kilmuir
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Flora MacDonald's Cottage, Skye
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Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban
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Dunstaffnage Castle
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Flora MacDonald Monument
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Johnson's Visit to Flora MacDonald
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Flora Macdonald's Monument, Kilmuir, Skye
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Dunstaffnage Castle
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Flora MacDonald
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Flora Macdonald's Cottage, Flodigarry, Skye
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Flora Macdonald's Birthplace
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Dunstaffnage Castle
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Kilmuir Cemetery, and Flora MacDonald's Grave
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Flora MacDonald's Grave, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye
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Flora MacDonald's Grave, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye
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Meeting of Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald
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Dunvegan: Relics of Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald
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The Church of St Columba, Portree
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Flora Macdonald's Grave, Skye
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Important Scottish People
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Flora Macdonald

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