New insights on Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald

05 October 2022
Love Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland podcast, has returned for a fourth season and begins with a look at the life of Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the Isle of Skye.

The inaugural episode of season four sees former BBC Reporting Scotland anchor, Jackie Bird sit down with author Flora Fraser as they take a deep dive into the life of Flora MacDonald, the 24-year-old unlikely heroine who helped assist the defeated Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) escape from Benbecula to the Isle of Skye in the aftermath of the battle of Culloden.

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While immortalised in the Skye Boat Song, Flora MacDonald’s life beyond that dramatic escape is little understood by most, despite being of great historic interest. In this first episode, Flora Fraser, author of the forthcoming biography, Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora MacDonald, explores:

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  • who Flora really was
  • how she came to help Prince Charles
  • what happened to her in the years that followed

Love Scotland can be accessed on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or directly via the National Trust for Scotland website.

(text courtesy National Trust for Scotland. Flora MacDonald image copyright Rijks Museum)