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Note and stories relating to Flora MacDonald's family, 12 April 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/77

Scope and Contents

Note and stories collected from Mrs MacLellan, Ormacleit [Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] relating to Flora MacDonald's family, including the relationship between Mrs MacLellan's own family and Flora's family, Mrs MacLellan being the grand-daughter of Flora's younger brother Angus. Angus had a very large family of ten sons and four daughters. Her family connections with other well known MacDonald families are also noted. The story of how Flora's eldest brother Ranald died in a gun accident while visiting MacDonald of Leargs [Largie, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] is told, noting how 'blood is seen on the floor of the dining room at Cara' [Cara Island, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. Flora is said to have been 19 years old when she returned from Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann] and 21 years old when she travelled with Bonnie Prince Charlie. The story is told of how Flora's younger brother was born after her father died and was educated by her maternal uncle. When he reached maturity Clanranald gave him Milton [Airigh-mhuilinn, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist], which Hew MacDonald of Sleat took exception to and consequently abducted his mother. Mrs MacLellan describes the generosity of Gilbert MacDonald a retired captain who had spent his entire career in the Scots Royals [Royal Scots], listing a number of his beneficiaries. The last story relates to Flora's nephew Angus who served for seven years in the American War of Independence. He was noted for his bravery and skill as a swordsman but drowned in Lochaineort [Loch Aineort/Loch Eynort, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist], along with two other young men, in a typical act of heroism, trying to save women, old men and animals in a storm. The text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 12 April 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 51v, line 8 to folio 53v, line 16


MacDonald, Rev A and MacDonald, Rev A, Clan Donald, Vol III (Inverness, 1907).



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