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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.

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Flora Macdonald

by Richard Wilson
oil on canvas, 1747
On display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5848


Flora Macdonald with miniature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart

by John Faber Jr, sold by George Strahan, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-early 1750s (1747)
NPG D38083


Flora Macdonald

by James Macardell, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 1749 (1749)
NPG D1348