Tour Scotland Travel Video Flora MacDonald Cemetery Isle Of Skye Inner Hebrides
Tour Scotland travel video Blog of the cemetery where Flora MacDonald is buried, with Scottish bagpipes and drums music, on ancestry visit to the North Coast of the Isle Of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Flora MacDonald, Scottish Gaelic: Fionnghal nic Dhòmhnaill; born 1722, died March 1790 aged 68, was a member of the Macdonalds of Sleat, who helped Charles Edward Stuart, known in popular memory as Bonnie Prince Charlie, evade government troops after the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. Her family supported the government during the 1745 Rising and Flora later claimed to have assisted Charles out of sympathy for his situation. She was later arrested and sent to London where it was recorded " all admired the dauntless part she had acted, and she had the honour of a visit from Frederick, Prince of Wales. " Flora was born in 1722 at Milton on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, third and last child of Ranald MacDonald and his second wife Marion. Her father died soon after her birth and in 1728, her mother re-married Hugh MacDonald of Armadale. Flora and her husband Allan emigrated to Anson County, North Carolina, America, in 1774, where they settled on an estate near Mountain Creek, named Killegray. When the American War of Independence began in 1776, Allan raised the Anson Battalion of the Loyalist North Carolina Militia, which had around 1,000 men, including his sons Alexander and James. En route to the coast for collection by British transports, they were attacked by an American force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on 28 February 1776 and Allan was taken prisoner. In April 1777, the North Carolina Provincial Congress confiscated Loyalist-owned property and Flora was evicted from Killegray, with the loss of all her possessions. After 18 months in captivity, Allan was released in September 1777; he was posted to Fort Edward, Nova Scotia, Canada, as commander of the 84th Regiment of Foot where Flora joined him in August 1778. After a harsh winter in Halifax, in September 1779 Flora took passage for London, England, in the Dunmore, a British privateer. Allan, her husband, returned to Scotland in 1784, and they settled in Penduin on the Isle of Skye.
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