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During a recent short trip to the Isle of Skye, I just had to visit the grave of Flora MacDonald at Kilmuir, not far from Uig and Duntulm, even though the weather was cloudy, dull and incredibly windy and cold. In fact, it was so windy that I couldn't hold my camera steady and had to increase the shutter speed right up to 1/1000 sec.

Flora MacDonald is considered by many to have been a Jacobite heroine. Born on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in 1722, throughout her life she was, in fact, a practising Presbyterian. But in June 1746, at the age of 24, she was living on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides when the Catholic Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) took refuge there following the disastrous defeat of his Jacobite army at the Battle of Culloden two months earlier.

The island of Benbecula was controlled by the Protestant Hanoverian government using a local militia, but the MacDonalds were secretly sympathetic with the Jacobite cause and Flora was instrumental in helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape, with a small group of his closest followers, by boat to the Isle of Skye whence he subsequently fled to France and eventually to Rome where he died, never to return again to Scotland.

Many will have heard of the "Skye Boat Song" which starts:

"Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that's born to be King
Over the sea to Skye."


Following Charlie's escape, Flora MacDonald was found and arrested and brought to London for aiding the prince's escape. After a short imprisonment in the Tower of London she was released in 1747. She later married and emigrated with her husband to North America, later to return to Skye where she died very close to this spot in 1790.

ISO 400, 1/1000 sec at f/9, focal length 48mm.

Here's another interesting gravestone in this cemetery!

And here's a larger version of the main photograph on "beta" TE.

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