Continuing with this month’s theme: the ladies of Scotland and Ireland, this is Flora MacDonald (1722 – 1790). She is hailed as a Scottish heroine for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie evade capture after the defeat at Culloden.
For her role, Flora obtained a pass to travel from the Outer Hebrides to the mainland- through this pass, she was allowed to bring two servants and six boatmen. They disguised Charles Stuart as one Betty Burke, the Irish spinning maid. They made it to Skye by boat.
Charles escaped to France, but Flora was thrown in the Tower of London. She was released in 1747. She married and emigrated to North Carolina to raise her family.
The Skye Boat Song was written about this clever escape. I happen to like the version currently being used as the Outlander Series theme song.
There is a more extensive account here: http://www.electricscotland.com/history/women/wih9.htm
The Outlander theme song…
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