Flora's Monument at Kilmuir

In Kilmuir Cemetery, just behind the Museum of Island Life, is a tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, 'Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart'. Despite the romanticism of the Skye Boat Song et al, she was a real and remarkable person. This is the place to come to and spend a moment reflecting on her amazing courage. She was buried in this graveyard (though not very close to where her memorial stands) in 1790.


Plaque on Flora MacDonald's Memorial


There are other things of interest in the cemetery. My favourite is the unfinished inscription on the gravestone below.

Unfinished gravestone
The  unfinished inscription

It reads:

'Here lie the remains of Charles MacKarter whose fame as an honest man and remarkable piper will survive this generation for his manners were easy and regular as his music and the melody of his fingers will'

The story is that the stonemason who was carving it was to be paid for his work by the deceased's son. When news arrived that the son had been drowned during a crossing of the Minch, the stonemason downed tools...

Alexander McQueen Memorial Skye

Also in the burial ground is a memorial stone for the famous fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) whose ashes were scattered here on Skye, the island of his father's birth.

The cemetery is at NG399719, a short walk up the road from the car park at the museum.