Flora Macdonald (1722-1790), Jacobite heroine
Sitter in 7 portraits
The daughter of a Outer Hebrides farmer, Flora Macdonald met Prince Charles Edward Stuart as he fled the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Flora helped him escape by boat to the Isle of Skye by disguising him as her maidservant. She was subsequently arrested and brought to London where she was imprisoned. After her release, in 1747, she was treated as a celebrity and mixed with distinguished members of London society, including Frederick, Prince of Wales who supported many of the king's opponents.