Macdonald, , Flora, a Scottish heroine, born in the isle of South Uist, one of the Hebrides, in 1720, died March 4, 1790. She was the daughter of Macdonald of Milton, who belonged to the Macdonalds of Clanranald. Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother married Macdonald of Arnadale, in Skye, to which island Flora was removed. In June, 174G, she visited her stepbrother at Milton, in South Uist, and while there made the acquaintance of Capt. O'Neil, one of the companions of Charles Edward Stuart, then on his wanderings after his defeat at Culloden. O'Neil proposed that she should take Charles with her to Skye, disguised as a woman. Though a confirmed Jacobite, she at first positively declined; but an interview with the prince led to a change of mind, and she entered warmly into the scheme. Her stepfather, who commanded one of the militia parties in the service of the government, gave her a passport for herself, for a male attendant, for " Betty Bourke, a stout Irishwoman," and for three others. Flora, the prince, and one attendant sailed from Benbecula, June 28. They encountered serious dangers, but finally reached Skye, where they were assisted by Lady Macdonald, whose husband was then with the duke of Cumberland, commander of the royal forces.
This lady consigned the prince and his attendant to the care of Macdonald of Kingsburgh, her husband's factor, who took them to his house, to which Flora also proceeded. Here the services of Flora to the prince ended, during all of which she had exhibited the utmost coolness and courage, without which the unfortunate adventurer must have fallen into the hands of his enemies. A price, £30,000, was on his head. The next day the prince bade farewell to Flora, at Portree, in Skye. The part she had taken in this romantic affair soon became known, and she was arrested, and, after five months' detention on board vessels of war, was sent to London, where she suffered a mild imprisonment. She was discharged under the act of indemnity in 1747, not a question having been asked of her. Placed in the family of Lady Primrose, a Jacobite, she was an object of much interest to society. Returning to Scotland, in 1750 she married Macdonald the younger of Kingsburgh. The family emigrated to North Carolina about 1775, and settled in Fayetteville; but siding with the loyalists, they experienced adventures, and met with losses. Flora embarked alone for Europe, and actually took part in an engagement which the vessel she was in fought with a French vessel, and had her arm broken by a fall.
Some time after her return to Scotland she was joined by her husband. She was the mother of several children, and her four sons entered the British service. On her death her body was wrapped in one of the sheets of the bed in which Charles Edward slept on the night he passed at Kingsburgh. This sheet Mrs. Macdonald had carried with her throughout all her wanderings.
Macdonald George, a British author, born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in 1824. His father, a descendant of the Macdonalds of Glencoe, was the proprietor of the Huntly mills. George graduated at the university of Aberdeen, studied theology in Owens college, Manchester, and for several years was a preacher of the Independent body in Surrey and Sussex. He finally left the pulpit, became a layman of the church of England, and for a time was principal of a young ladies' seminary in London. In 1857 he travelled on the continent, and visited Algiers. In 1872-'3 he made a lecturing tour in the United States. He has published: "Within and Without" (1855); "Poems" (1856); " Phantastes, a Faerie Romance " (1858); "David Elginbrod" (1863); "The Portent " (1864); " Alee Forbes of Howglen " (1865); " Adela Cathcart " (1866); " Dealings with the Fairies" (1867); "The Disciples and other Poems " (1867); "Unspoken Sermons" (1867); "Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood" (1868); "The Seaboard Parish" (1868); "Robert Falconer" (1868); " Guild Court " (1868); "The Miracles" (1870); "England's Antiphon" (1870); "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood " (1871); "Atthe Back of the North Wind " (1871); " The Princess and the Goblin " (1871); "The Vicar's Daughter" (1872); " Wilfrid Cumbermede " (1872); " Gutta Per-cha Willie" (1873); "Malcolm " (1874). He now resides in London and at Hastings.