Flora MacDonald Memorial, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye

This evening, I am posting images of tangible connections on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with Flora MacDonald (1722-1790). A summary of Flora’s adventurous life is provided below.

  • Born on South Uist, Outer Hebrides.
  • Assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape after his defeat at Culloden in 1746. The Prince was disguised as a maid. As punishment Flora was held in Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban and then the Tower of London but released in 1747 and returned to Scotland.
  • Married Allan MacDonald in 1750. The image below is of Flodigarry Cottage Isle of Skye the original core of which was the marital home of Flora and Allan between 1751 and 1764.The building is largely 19th century, refurbished late 20th century.

Flora MacDonald’s Cottage , Flodigarry, Skye

  • Emigrated to North Carolina with husband and eldest children in 1774. Allan sided with British loyalists during independence struggle and was captured at Battle of Moore’s Creek. The MacDonalds’ plantation was destroyed by revolutionaries.
  • Returned to Scotland and Dunvegan Castle, Skye in 1779.
  • Husband, Allan returned to Scotland in 1783.
  • Flora died March 5th 1790 and was buried at Kilmuir.The burial site faces seawards, towards Flora’s home of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Kilmuir ¬†Graveyard is located on the northern tip of the Isle of Skye, in the Trotternish region, between Uig and Duntulm. It is accessed along the same track as the outdoor Skye Museum of Island Life.
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