Just A Wee Snippet of Interesting Information

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Posted by Kate on August 01, 2000 at 18:21:18:

On a lighter note:

A couple of weeks ago, I had occasion to re-visit the site of the Battle of Culloden (April 16, 1746), and while there, I came across a little snippet of information that I had totally forgotten, but thought I would post it as you might find it interesting.

(For those who aren't familiar with the details, I will just quickly bring you 'up to speed').

After the battle, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled the 'field' and took to the heather, hiding from 'blody' Cumberland and his troops. A bounty of 30,000 was put on his head and in spite of this incredible sum of money being offered for his capture, or information leading to his capture, not one person stepped forward to claim it.

Perhaps you know the story of how Flora MacDonald dressed Charlie up in women's clothing and slipped him past the English sentries, claiming 'she' was her maid, Betty Burke. She then rowed him over the sea to Skye, and eventually he made his way back to Eriskay where he managed to get away where he had landed, on a ship bound for France.

Flora was eventually arrested and imprisoned for a short term in the Tower of London.

However, a little info you might NOT be familiar with! In 1750, Flora married Alan MacDonald, and Officer in the King's army and she and her husband emigrated to North Carolina, where they took active part, as loyalists, in the American War of Independence! They later moved to Nova Scotia, having lost everything by supporting the British and several years later (1779) she returned to Scotland where she lived until her death (in Floodgarry, Isle of Skye) in 1790. A sheet in which Bonnie Prince Charlie slept, was used as her shroud.

(Today there exists the Flora MacDonald Academy, in Red Springs, NC., named after her).

Okay now, a connection with 'Last of the Mohicans'? Well, the six degree connection is that after the battle at Drummossie Muir, Cumberland ordered that no quarter was to be shown to those who had entered into a treasonous adventure against the king and the bayonets finished the work begun by the artillery and musketry of the government 'line'. However, it has since been proved that innocents not even part of the 'Highland line' were killed in the mass executions that went on for weeks afterwards. However, there is little honour in the slaying of wounded, helpless men and women and children and a young James Wolfe, the later conqueror of Quebec, refused to participate. And we know who JAMES WOLFE defeated on the 'Heights of Abraham' - our old friend, General Montcalm, who was ... yada, yada, yada...

It's a small world, innit!!

Kate.

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