Flora MacDonald's House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A Jacobite Heroine
Flora was the daughter of Ranald MacDonald, whose father Angus dwelt at Milton. Flora was born in 1722 near Milton and spent much of her childhood in the house that stood on these simple foundations. The cottage is signposted from the A865 main road at Milton, South Uist (the sign erroneously calling it Flora MacDonald's Birthplace).
Within the cottage is a large monument raised by Clan MacDonald to commemorate her life. The location is wonderful, with views out over the low fields on all sides.
MacDonald was not an active Jacobite sympathizer, and it was really an accident of fate that forever joined her name to that of Bonnie Prince Charlie. When the prince fled after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 he made his way to South Uist.
Friends asked her to help Stuart escape, and she reluctantly agreed, despite the danger to her family. She helped the prince avoid capture and eventually escape to Skye, dressed as a female servant.
After further adventures, the prince finally made good his escape. As for MacDonald, she was captured and sent for trial to London. Her honesty and courage made her a celebrity and she was eventually released, a not inconsiderable stroke of fortune considering the dire punishment meted out to many who helped the Stuart cause.
MacDonald emigrated to America, but eventually returned to the Western Isles. She is buried at Kilmuir on the Isle of Skye.
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About Flora MacDonald's House
Address: A865, Mingarry, South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Just off the A865 beteen the Mingarry turnoff and the Kildonan Museum. Access on foot up the farm drive
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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