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Flora Macdonald Grave

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Flora Macdonald Grave is at Kilmuir Cemetery in the northwest of the Isle of Skye, in the area of Kilmuir, 21 miles northwest of Portree, 7 miles north of Uig, just up past the Skye Museum of Island Life. Postcode: IV51 9YU

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The image top is of the sign 7 miles north of Uig pointing to the Skye Museum of Island Life and Flora Macdonald Grave, with the Car Park for the Grave just up past the Museum.

Flora Macdonald is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Scotland back to France after the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

Kilmuir Cemetery also has other Graves to visit such as Charles MacArthur a famous piper of the Macdonald's, Dr John MacLean who looked after the Macdonald's, and Angus Martin born around the 1560s with a Grave Slab of a Scottish Knight.

It is unclear if the Angus Martin Grave Slab was made for him, or if he took it from the Grave of an early Scottish King.

The Grave of Lee Alexander McQueen, a Scottish Fashion Designer 1969 - 2010, can also be viewed.

Early Grave Markers in Scotland were Flat Slabs with engravings showing their occupation, such as a King, Knight, Stone Mason and so on.

Upright Grave Stones began in the 1600s, some with Scull and Crossbones, a warning that death comes to everyone. Then in the 1700s Graves with Walls and Gates were being built to stop Body Snatchers from taking Bodies to be sold to Universities for their Anatomy Courses.

Flora Macdonald History

1400s - Clan MacDonald took control of the northwest area of Skye with their Duntulm Castle being built 2 miles north of Kilmuir Cemetery.

Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle, 38 miles southwest, fought over land for hundreds of years, with them ending their feuds in the early 1600s on orders of the King.

1689 - the first Jacobite Risings started after the Catholic King James II was overthrown by his Protestant daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange.

1722 - Flora MacDonald was born on South Uist 43 miles west of Skye.

1728 - Flora's father died, with her mother later marrying Hugh MacDonald of Armadale Estate on the southeast of Skye.

1746 - the Jacobite's led by Bonnie Prince Charlie lost their final Battle at the Battle of Culloden. Flora MacDonald then helped Bonnie Prince Charlie flee back to safety in France. This Romantic Event led to Skye becoming the most famous of all the Scottish Islands.

Clan Macdonald and Clan MacLeod of Skye supported the Government at the time of Culloden, but remained in Skye, so never fought at the Battle. Many other Clan Macdonald and MacLeod, from other areas, fought for the Jacobite's at Culloden.

After the Battle of Culloden, Crofters were refused the right to wear Tartan or own Weapons.

The Highland Clearances began soon after with Crofters being forced off their land to make way for large scale Sheep Farming, also, to reduce the population so Risings would be less likely.

Many Crofters moved to Cities or emigrated to North America and Canada.

1750 - Flora MacDonald married Allan Macdonald, a Captain in the British Army.

1774 - Flora and Alan emigrated to North Carolina in America.

1776 - the American War of Independence broke out as Americans fought to put an end to British rule in America. Alan Macdonald fought for the British. He was captured then sent to Canada with Flora.

1779 - Flora traveled back to Skye.

1783 - the American Revolution ended with Britain loosing control. This led to Britain using Australia as a place to offload people they believed were trouble makers. Many Crofters would then be deported to Australia after being accused of Petty Crimes, and the best known reason, Sheep Steeling.

1855 - Major William Fraser bought Kilmuir Estate from the MacDonald's. Fraser gained a name for being involved in the Highland Clearances, forcing Crofters off their land to make way for large scale Sheep Farming.

1790 - Flora MacDonald died on the Isle of Skye, with her burial at Kilmuir Cemetery next to the Skye Museum for Island Life.

1965 - the Skye Museum of Island Life was created by using a Croft that had been on the site since the early 1800s. That Croft had been lived in up to 1957. More buildings have been added over the years to show all the Trades that were part of Croft Life in the 1800s.

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