||Flora Ann MacDonald is a member of Clan MacDonald.|
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Flora MacDonald was a Jacobite heroine
Her father died when she was young, her mother was abducted ny Hugh MacDonald of Armqadale, Skye who she married. Flora was brought up under the care of the chief of her clan, the MacDonalds of Clanranald her father's cousin, and was partly educated in Edinburgh.
Flora MacDonald was living on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides during the Jacobite Risings, in June 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie was on the run after the defeat at the Battle of Culloden the prince's companion, a Captain O'Neill, sought her assistance to help the prince escape capture.The prince was disguised in a frock as an Irish maidservant, they sailed from Benbecula on 27 June 1746 to Skye they hid overnight in a cottage and then travelled, over the next few days, overland to Portree, when he left to travel to the island of Raasay and a ship to take him back to France, the Prince gave Flora a locket with his portrait, saying "I hope, madam, that we may meet in St James's yet" but she never saw him again.
Fora MacDonald was arrested for aiding the prince's escape and brought to London for trial She was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and was for a time under sentence of death, but was released in 1747 On 6 November 1750, at the age of 28, she married Allan MacDonald of Kingsburgh, a captain in the army and the eldest son of Alexander MacDonald VI.The couple lived at Flodigarry on the Isle of Skye where they had five sons and two daughters after the death of Allan MacDonald's father in 1772, they moved into the MacDonald family estate at Kingsburgh.
Her bravery and loyalty had gained her surport, along with her good manners and gentle character Dr Johnson, who met her in 1773, the year before she moved to America, described her as a woman of soft features, gentle manners, kind soul and elegant presence he also paid the tribute that is engraved on her memorial at Kilmuir
"...a name that will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.
In 1774, she and her husband emigrated to North Carolina during the American War of Independence Captain MacDonald served the British government in the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants). Legend has it that Flora tried to recruit Scots living there to support the British government during the War of Independence that included her husband Allan.He was captured after the battle and was held prisoner for two years until a prisoner exchange in 1777. He was then sent to Fort Edward in Windsor, Nova Scotia where he took command of the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants), Second Battalion. After her husband was taken prisoner, Flora remained in hiding while the American Patriots raided her family plantation and took all her possessions when her husband was released from prison in 1778, she reunited with him at Fort Edward.
Isle of Skye
In 1779 Flora returned home to Scotland during the passage, the ship was attacked by a privateer she refused to leave the deck during the attack and was wounded in the arm.Flora stayed with various family members at various places, including Dunvegan, her daughter Anne having married Major General Alexander Macleod.After the war, in 1784, Allan also returned and the family regained possession of the estate in Kingsburgh. Flora MacDonald had a large family of sons, who mostly entered the army or navy, and two daughters.She died at Kingsburgh on the Isle of Skye in 1790, at the age of 68. She is buried in the Kilmuir Cemetery there is a statue to her memory in the grounds of Inverness Castle.
Flora MacDonald's Grave, Isle of Skye and Flora MacDonald Statue, Inverness Castle
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On 10 Mar 2017 at 06:30 GMT Kerrie (Borden) Brailsford wrote:
On 10 Feb 2017 at 20:48 GMT Victoria Toon wrote:
I remember my grandfather had an major interest in Isle of Skye and wanted to go there a lot. I know that my 3rd great grandfather was born in Invernessshire, Scotland and I assume his father was too. DNA matches have their ancestors in Moray, Fife and Aberdeen. I believe my grandfather told us back when he was alive that his ancestors came from the highlands of Scotland.
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